‘Tis the season for over indulgence & bubbles… and nothing says ‘celebration’ quite like a magnum of wine!

Magnums (that’s two standard bottles) are going through a bit of a revolution at the moment and have become a lot easier to get your hands on. So what’s all the fuss about? India tells us why she’ll be seeing double this Christmas…

India with magnum

Picking a large format bottle like a magnum for your festive celebrations is sure to bring drama and theatre to your gathering, as well as some extra quality to your wine.

Wow factor

Larger bottles add a sense of occasion and theatre to any meal or gathering, or as a gift. Once you’ve popped one on the table everything else looks a bit small!

Party economics

Perfect for groups of 4 or more, magnums go further so you can spend more time with guests and less time faffing with bottle openers, and they often bring the cost down.


Magnums are currently VERY trendy, which means that the selection available has never been better, and they make for pretty impressive instagram pictures!

Taste dynamics

Magnums have better ageing potential (see below)so they are a great present for a wine lover to lay down in their wine cellar, if they can resist them long enough

Magnums scene

Studies have shown that magnums create the perfect ratio between wine and oxygen. A magnum neck is the same size as a normal bottle but with twice the amount of wine inside, this limits the contact between wine and oxygen, meaning the wine stays fresher for longer and ages more slowly.

Choosing a magnum to pour on Christmas day or New Years Eve surrounded by family & friends is quite a spectacle and there has never been more choice available. Supermarkets have responded to their growth in popularity by increasing their range; Waitrose, Tesco & Aldi all stock magnums and even bigger format bottles like Jeroboams (8 bottles) and mighty Balthazars (16 bottles).

It is not just Champagnes that are available in larger format bottles, there are some great Bordeaux, Rioja, Rosé, Cava & Prosecco too.

Recommendations for retailers to head to for your magnums this Christmas, it’s also worth trying your local wine shop:

Noble Fine Liquor

These guys have a great supply of magnums & are offering free delivery on orders over £100. The Chateau le Puy and the Jean–Pierre Robinot are especially delicious.

Majestic Wines

Majestic have a great range of magnums which are excellent value. Don’t just stick to fizz and reds, try their delicious Côtes de Provence in magnum with canapés or boxing day leftovers, it’s a great price for Provence rosé (£17.99).


A selection featuring all the classics like Brunello, Chianti & Chateau Musar and some great value fizz in magnums like the Codorniu Vintage Cava (£19.99) and San Leo Prosecco (currently on offer at £15.40)

Magnums are set to be the toast of Christmas so make mine a double!

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