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Snooth User: bishamon

Where to buy larger size Champagne bottles

Posted by bishamon, Feb 19, 2010.

Greetings. I have been looking for a place that carries (or is used to importing) larger format bottles of champagne such as might be used for special events (Jeroboams, methuselahs, nebuchadnezzars...). Is there a US-based online site where they can be ordered from? Obviously Veuve Clicquot and Moet + Chandon are the most commonly available in these sizes. I am located around Orange County, CA, so I suppose I should contact Hi Time, but I thought I would ask here first. Thanks in advance.

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Reply by dmcker, Feb 19, 2010.

Several online merchants I use carry large-format champagne and other sparklers, though magnums and 3L double magnums are most common.

As one example, go to KL Wines, select 'other white varieties' then 'champagne' then, under 'bottle size' on the menu on the left of the page, select 1.5L, or whatever.
http://www.klwines.com/content.asp?...

If you really need to have bottles larger than 3.0 liters than that will complicate things. But Veuve and Moet are not the only producers putting out bottles that size, by any means...

Sokolin carries larger formats, and here's one example of a 9L Bollinger NV from them:
http://www.sokolin.com/detail.aspx?...
If you search on their site you'll see they carry that label, as well as Pol Roger, Taittinger and Veuve in 6-15L formats.

There are other merchants that do so, too. Just start googling. And enjoy all that good champagne, too (though I hope you don't have to pay for it...) ;-)


BTW, you might be interested to know that many larger formats (even some 4.5L Reheboams and 6L Methuselahs in Champagne/Burgundy, called Jeroboams and Imperiales in Bordeaux, but especially anything larger) are often filled from 750ml bottles right before serving. Those huge bottles are pretty much just for show at parties, etc., and really are too unwieldy for easy handling in private cellars or commercial shops.....

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Reply by bishamon, Feb 19, 2010.

Thanks. I was aware that larger bottles are often aggregates of 750s, that's why I wouldn't consider buying "high end" champagne or champagne I wanted to age in bottles bigger than a magnum. As you say, the big guys are more for visual impact at a function or event. I find that most people aren't concentrating on the champagne at big parties (especially at the rate it goes), so as long as it's decent no one will care about the difference between a $500 and a $1500 methuselah. That's why I originally inquired about Moet & Chandon and Veuve Clicquot.


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