We’ve always felt there to be something special about a magnum, something quite irresistible. It could be that a wine ages better in this grand format (as the 2005 Les Alles de Cantemerle do deliciously demonstrates), or simply how impressive its presence is on a table. Whatever the case, there’s no matching the sheer conviviality you encourage when pulling the cork from a magnum, so we hope you’ll take some inspiration to ‘go big’ for this festive season. Here are some fine selections even finer for sharing.
The most famous English sparkler with quality that rivals, and indeed, surpasses many sparklers from the most famous French >
Michel Guilleminot's brut enjoys an enviable reputation for sheer value for money and consistency. "Récoltant-Manipulant" >
The 2021 vintage is gorgeous and likely to be rated the best vintage of this remarkable rosé, now a global superstar, and >
Is this one of the best all round Cru Bourgeois wines on the market? We have certainly always thought so. From the Haut-Médoc, >
2015 was a top vintage for the region and this pinot noir is ageing very well. The nose already offers hints of the secondary, >
A limited parcel from the outstanding 2005 vintage. Fully mature second wine of Cru Classé Château Cantemerle.
Marlborough in mind and body, but Burgundian in spirit. A fresh, crisp and tart cox apple fruit is followed by a gentle, >
"The 2016 Les Tourelles de Longueville is a blend of 58% Merlot, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Cabernet Franc and 5% Petit >
A hot summer leads to good ripeness, and as long as there is just the right amount of rainfall, a good vintage is in the >
Grown at high altitudes in the Uco Valley, this is a fruit-forward and elegant, harmonious yet complex package.
Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Malbec harvested and matured independently and skillfully brought together in this harmonious >
La Jasse’s top wine - warm black fruits plums and autumn berries, with layers of dark chocolate and roasted coffee.
The top wine of this estate, there is an exuberance of dark fruit aromas, juicy black cherry, currants and blackberry flavours >
"Finally, the 2018 Black Label Tête de Cuvée Rouge de la Jasse, made from 100 per cent Cabernet Sauvignon. Handpicked from >
This wine is made using grapes from some of the best 1er Crus sites in Rully. Aromas of stone fruits like white peach and >
"The 2009 Bolgheri Superiore Grattamacco is considerably darker and richer than the Alberello. Dark cherries, smoke, licorice, >
Lucile Avril (85%Grenache, 10% Mourvedre and 5% Syrah) has pretty black raspberry, spring flowers and toasted spice to go >