Large Format for a Hong Kong Christmas

Lucien Michel | December 10, 2020

Magnums and Double Magnums

With the current global restrictions on traveling, most of us will be spending Christmas and the New Year in Hong Kong, which provides the perfect excuse to indulge in large formats at home. We can share special bottles with loved ones and wine lovers, pour larger quantities of the same wine and the wines poured from these bottles, will show more youth and energy. 

I have selected some of my favorites to pop and pour, each representing great value in their category. For both magnums and double magnums I have selected a Champagne, a white, and a red wine. Please take a look and enjoy!

Cristal 2009 Magnum
In magnum, this is fantastic right now - recently enjoyed from large format , I found that it makes a big difference in the freshness of fruit. The radiant 2009 is a crowd-pleaser with its generosity, rich and intense fruits, and the bubbles are just so fine!

Gagnard, Jean-Noel: Batard Montrachet 2013 Magnum
Gagnard’s Batard is finely balanced, rich without being overly oaky or buttery - a fine representation of the best of this terroir. The 2013 is drinking so well right now – it’s at its apogee.

Pichon Baron 2009 Magnum
On brisk days, I crave drinking full and generous wines. Pichon Baron 2009 will (of course) keep for many more decades, but if you like your Bordeaux to be bold and fruity, like I sometimes do, this is very fine. It has intense blueberries, plum and hints of cedar, chocolate and coffee. This is so complex and alluring, with a velvety mouthfeel.

Dom Perignon Rose 1998 3L
Rose Champagne is always special with its interesting mix of red and white fruit aromas. Dom Perignon 1998 in double magnum is a very special example. A delicate nose of crushed raspberries, green apple and white pepper, with mouthcoating texture and intense palate, it is engagingly refreshing with a lengthy finish of ginger notes.

Roulot Guy: Meursault Boucheres 2013 3L
Clos des Boucheres produces some of the most elegant styled Meursault. When it comes from the famed Meursault master, Guy Roulot, it is particularly fine.  2013 has citrus notes, figs and hints of jasmine leaves. The palate is exquisite with finesse and complexity that lingers.

Meo Camuzet: Clos De Vougeot 2013 3L
With some of the best plots in this walled vineyard, Meo-Camuzet’s Clos Vougeot is highly praised and sought-after. This is already surprisingly accessible, with an open and elegant nose of raspberries, cherries and hints of vanilla. On the palate, it is quite enchanting, with a balance and fruitiness that invites you back to the glass for more!