13th December 2018 by Rachel Wallhouse

In our blog today we answer the question…..does wine taste better in a magnum or in a single bottle. When it comes to wine, does bigger mean better?

We’ve asked a few folk and read a few articles and here are their opinions on whether the two bottle magnum (1.5L) size is better than the single bottle (750ml) sized bottles.

From the Winemaker -“As there’s more wine in the bottle and less space between wine and cork, there is a proportionately smaller amount of air in the bottle – which is what causes ageing. There is therefore a prolonged maturation, and the wine will often develop greater nuances and more complex flavours than wine aged in standard bottles. Magnums are the ideal size for ageing and maturing the wine. If a producer is making wine in magnum size, you know you’re guaranteed their A game, as it will represent the wines and vintages they want to show off.”

From the Champagne Producer – “Champagne benefits from being in magnum size. The gradual breakdown of yeast cells that gives Champagne its effervescence works better in a magnum because of the greater glass surface area, which allows more contact between the yeast cells on the inside of the bottle and the wine, thus creating more fizz.”

From Decanter Magazine – “Logic tells us that wine in Magnums should age more slowly, the colour should be deeper and darker, and aromas should be fresher and less evolved. Similarly, the fruit on the palate should be more primary and the tannins should be a touch more muscular than in the standard bottle. Moreover, these differences should appear most apparent on the older vintages.”

From the Dinner Party Host – “There is something about a magnum that screams “celebration”, and there is a certain theatre to pouring them, and the sight of a magnum makes the centrepiece of the dinner table a real magnum opus. There’s a spirit of generosity and conviviality as soon as you see a magnum on the table. They are definitely impressive.”

From the Restauranteur. “Restaurants are stocking increasing amounts of their wine in magnums. If a restaurant is advertising glasses from a magnum, you’ll know it is serious about wine. It allows us to show off the most special wines on our list”

From the Party Goer – “If you’re going to a party where you need to bring a bottle, turning up with something opulent in size shows you mean business!”

In conclusion, are magnums better? Well the answer is YES! Magnums of wine are inherently festive, age better and slower in this size of bottle and taste consistently better than when matured in normal size bottles. They also impress at the dinner party, in a restaurant, and at home on Christmas Day. When it comes to wine, bigger IS better!

And if you want to buy a magnum at The Whalley Wine Shop, here’s a £5 OFF voucher….