|Why should I buy a big bottle?
As things go, the maturing of wine in the bottle is a slow
proccess. Because of the very limited supply of air in each bottle, the
wine oxidizes slowly. But this is not such a bad thing. It is this slow
maturation that allows a wine to reach its full potential. If you ever have
any doubts about this principle, simply leave a bottle uncorked overnight.
If you manage to catch the bottle before it turns, you will notice that
the wine has, in a fashion, matured. Still, because the proccess has occurred
too quickly, the wine is likely to seem more oxidized than it is properly aged.
If maturing your wines in the bottle allows them to reach
full potential, then maturing them in large bottles allows them to reach
new heights of excellence. It is simply that the ratio of air to wine
is much lower in a large format bottle. With less oxygen, the wine matures
more slowly. This not only creates a superior wine, it permits us to drink
older vintages long after their 750ml bottlings have passed prime. For
this reason, large format bottles are often preferred by collectors.
Of course, there is yet another reason to buy large format
bottles... They look really cool. Nothing is quite so impressive as the
opeing of a Nebuchadnezzar. A Magnum of your favorite Cabernet is sure
to be a hit at your next dinner party. And craftier types can create a
flower arrangement around an empty bottle of Perrier Jouet Fleur de Champagne.
I'm looking for a large format bottle of <insert name
here>. Can you get it?
We will certainly try. Please e-mail your request to firstname.lastname@example.org
and we will do what we can.
Just How big is a 15L bottle?
Two Words: Small Child.