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Inside Knowledge: How Many Bottles in a Magnum



How Many Bottles In A Magnum?




In Short:
A magnum is twice the size of a regular bottle of wine, giving it a capacity of 1.5 litres: but this is only the beginning...

When good times beckon, nothing beats a magnum - and no, we’re not talking about a choc ice. A magnum is twice the size of a regular bottle of wine, giving it a capacity of 1.5 litres. This allows guests to share approximately 12 glasses in total.

 

A larger bottle not only makes it more spectacular when hosting or gifting, but also affects the ageing and flavour profiles of the contents. Wines stored in magnum age more slowly because of the reduced levels of oxygen within the bottle. Bottles come in ever-expanding sizes, named after ancient kings of Israel, including a Jeroboam (four bottles) right up to the show stopping Nebuchadnezzar (twenty bottles), reserved only for extremely special occasions. However, here’s our guide to picking the right bottle for your next dinner, based on the Majestic selection.

 

Name

Capacity

Glasses (Approx)

Half Bottle

0.35 Litres

2.5

Standard

0.75 Litres

5

Magnum

1.5 Litres

10

Jeroboam

3 Litres

20

Rehoboam

4.5 Litres

30

Methuselah

6 Litres

40

Salmanazar

9 Litres

50

Balthazar

12 Litres

80

Nebuchadnezzar

15 Litres

100



What’s clear is that a bigger bottle can make all the difference to your next gathering: it instantly makes your event feel more celebratory and indulgent, without ever feeling excessive. It also marks you out as someone who knows what they like: there is a confidence about committing to a double-size bottle that is very attractive.

 

Some wine professionals have also argued that magnums keep for longer even after opening, allowing occasional drinkers to have the odd single glass of an evening. It also allows you to easily replicate the experience of starting with a white wine before switching to a red: allowing you to translate the restaurant atmosphere to your own home. They also allow you to try the wine at different stages of its development: a glass from a magnum may taste completely different the following day as the flavour profile adjusts and opens up.

 

The good news is that many Majestic favourites are available in the larger sizes, including some of our most highly rated rosé: Chateau Miraval, Chateau Minuty and Whispering Angel are all available in a more generous sharing size. If you’re celebrating, we have magnums of Laurent-Perrier, Veuve Clicquot and Bollinger Champagnes. Most importantly of all, if you’re simply looking for a great bottle to share over dinner with some much missed friends after lockdown, why not open a magnum of Marques de Riscal Rioja Reserva or Louis Latour Macon-Lugny?.

 

It could also be argued that champagne is best served in magnums, particularly if you’re sharing your good fortune with those around you. It also means that you’re not constantly opening new bottles (a first world gripe perhaps, but one that any host may discover after battling with the third caged cork of the night). After all, ten glasses is not even that many for a large group - even if you’re not an F1 driver celebrating a podium finish. A magnum makes for not only a tremendous conversation starter but an indicator of abundance - the idea that this is the kind of lunch that may continue past 3pm or a dinner that may necessitate some strong paracetamol in the morning. A magnum is made for sharing: and will delight all those who get to experience it.





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