Monday, November 23, 2009
And with big bottles? The short answer is that the same amount of oxygen is in play in a small bottle as is in a large-format bottle, but the large bottle has a whole lot more wine to soak it up, so the ageing process happens much more gracefully. Large bottles seem to get better over a much longer period of time.
Of course, another reason people like big bottles is a bit more down to earth… There is the anticipation that it’s going to be good...you’ve been saving it, you've gathered that special group together and you take pause to think about it before you pull that cork...there is the ceremony, the expectant eyes all on you, and then, you start in gently with your cork pull, you’ve passed the point of no return, you’re committed, and there’s no going back! The satisfying pop of the pulled cork and the drift of the unctuous aromas...ahhhhh, so good!
Large format bottles also have really cool names. You can have fun dropping these titles on your friends. Below is a chart which shows the nomenclature for the most common wine bottles and their respective sizes.