A friend presented me with a very large (750ml) bottle of wine when he arrived for a dinner party. Everyone was impressed with the lavishness of the package. I calculated the bottle weight at nearly 1.2 Kg empty (it weighed 1.91 Kg full) including its metal label and wax seal.
A group of UK wine writers led, I think, by Jancis Robinson, boycotted wine in large bottles as a protest against their larger-than-necessary carbon footprint created by both their manufacture and transport. I have some sympathy with that view. Bottles weighing over one Kg are the Hummers of the wine world.
Do producers of First Growth Bordeaux and Grand Crus Burgundy find it necessary to add value to their wines by packaging them in large bottles? True, some are proprietary bottles with embossed logos, but I can’t recall any heavyweight glass at the pointy end of the price/quality pyramid in France.
Morally I object to big bottles, but part of me also defends the right of winemakers to use them.
The wine, by the way, was McGuigan ‘The Philosophy’ 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Shiraz (pictured) which carries a hefty A$160 price tag. What did it taste like? I don’t know yet.
One of my pet hates is rocking up to a dinner party with a special bottle of wine which the host thanks you for and puts straight into the cupboard. I guess I am now guilty of the same crime, although I did promise to share the wine at a later stage with the man who brought it.