Look, we’re usually willing to make do with a few standard 0.75l bottles of wine; but they also come in sizes far bigger than that.
It might be a while before you next need a crate of medieval 15-liter monsters to keep your party hydrated. But regardless, here’s an infographic explaining the various XL bottles of wine in all their glory. You can always dream:
Beyond the tiny Piccolos and Double Magnums, bottles can go right up to the outlandish Nebuchadnezzar, holding the equivalent of twenty standard bottles. You may notice that many of these bottles have auspicious names befitting their huge scale; from Salamanazar to Balthazar, they are most commonly named after biblical kings. Fancy.
Many say that Magnum bottles are actually optimal for fully appreciating a wine, or at least preferable to the standard 750ml. Maturing in 1.5:l bottle has a perfect wine-to-air ratio for a slower maturing process, allowing the wine’s complexities and flavours to be teased out gradually and more gracefully. It leads to wine with greater depth and character.
Read about our latest magnum bottle here, which is available in Shanghai and Suzhou on the BottlesXO app in the “XL” section.