On Friday, December 16, OCCO Threw its first exclusive Magnum Tasting event. Besides large bottles to order, one could as well enjoy wine tasting per glass or try out one of the magnificent and special Magnum cocktails. On top of that, a combination of Pear Cider was served with Remeker Cheese. An exquisite opportunity to experience something extraordinary, such as: the 2015 Grüner Veltliner by Tom Dockner in Traisental, the Recaredo Brut Nature 2010 Cava or the 2010 Chenin Blanc from Château Saint-Roch – unique and pure wines that taste like their origins. And having them poured from majestic bottles does add a little spark and festivity to it all. Time for a little education on the subject.
As many of you will know, a Magnum bottle is twice the size of a standard bottle of wine of 750 ml. Magnum stands for great in Latin, and it is safe to assume that its denomination stems from biblical times, as becomes clear when looking at its bigger siblings: after Magnum comes the Double Magnum followed by Jeroboam (6 bottles), Mathusalem (8 bottles), Salmanazar (12 bottles), Balthazar (16 bottles) and Nebuchadnezzar (20 bottles).
A bottle of Magnum seems quite modest in comparison, right? Another thing to consider is that larger bottles actually benefit the wine’s quality. Both Champagne and still wines have a smoother, creamier and more balanced taste when served from a Magnum, and the texture is more soft with a velvet finish. However, this doesn’t mean the bigger the better – it all has to do with the proportion of wine and oxygen. So, no need to consider even bigger sizes to fully bring out the flavors of a wine. Also, shouting for another one “of those Nebuchadezzars” doesn’t have quite the same ring to it as “another Magnum please!”
So, how about making 2017 a bit more Magnum?