The Magnum Company – Champagne and More in Magnums!
Do you have people on your Christmas list that you struggle to buy a present for? Well, The Magnum Company might just provide the perfect solution. Somehow, offering a bottle of wine, fizz, olive oil or even gin in a magnum size makes for a much more special present. I love the idea that The Magnum Company has a small, perfectly formed selection of products including several excellent quality champagnes and sparkling wines.
Of course, in the case of wine, size matters. In the words of Winston Churchill
‘A magnum is the perfect size for 2 gentlemen to share over lunch…especially if one of them isn’t drinking’.
But more than that, with sparkling wines made using methode traditionnelle (the way champagne and top quality sparkling wines are made), there’s a real benefit to the magnum format. For a start, the bottles are still hand riddled (the turning process to make the lees or yeast settle) because the mechanisation can’t cope with larger bottle formats. Secondly, many wine specialists believe that The Magnum bottle will produce a superior champagne because the lees and the air at the top of the bottle comes in contact with less of the wine.
With The Magnum Company, you have a choice of five different champagnes, a magnum of Nyetimber or even one of English cyder made using methode traditionnelle.
Or, for something a little different, there are wines, port, sherry and even olive oil. It’s the kind of gift that will really impress.
My own personal choice from The Magnum Company is Pol Roger. As it happens, rather famously, that was Churchill’s own favourite champagne. Pol Roger Brut Réserve is made with thirty still base wines, drawn across at least three vintages and with the three most commonly used Champagne grapes in almost equal quantities. It’s classic champagne, with a 9g dosage and with notes of bright white flowers and green apple fading to a toasty brioche and rich minerality. For me, it’s a great aperitif and also perfect with white fish – turbot or halibut for example. Never released until it is at least three years old, it has Chardonnay from Epernay and the Cote des Blancs, Pinot Noir from the villages around the Montagne de Reims and Pinot Meunier comes from the Vallée de la Marne.
What would you do with a Magnum of Champagne? I’d recommend trying a classic Champagne cocktail if you want something special for Christmas – here’s how to do it
- 2 dashes Angostura bitters
- 15 ml Cognac
- 75 ml Champagne
- 1 sugar cube
- 1/4 fine slice orange or an orange peel twist
- 1 Maraschino cherry
- Add a dash of Angostura bitter onto the sugar cube and place carefully in the bottom of a champagne flute.
- Pour over the cognac
- Top up with chilled champagne.
- Garnish with orange slice and a maraschino cherry.
In the meanwhile, if you’d like to try your hand at winning a Magnum of Champagne from The Magnum Company, all you need to do is follow the rafflecopter through – and remember to answer the mandatory question. I’d like to know what Magnum from The Magnum Company you would give, who would be the lucky recipient and why. Just check out the range from The Magnum Company Website and let me know in the comments below.