Stating the obvious, the wine is the same as in the 75cl bottles, it is just double the wine in a big bottle. The important thing to remember about magnums is that the wine matures slightly more slowly than in a normal-sized bottle keeping 5-10 years longer. So it is perfect for a group gathering or as a gift to a younger generation. So while the bottle of Ch George 7 will be best drunk 2022-2035, the magnum will drink well for longer.
So to repeat what you can read about the 2018 vintage:
Château George 7 2018
2018 is our first full vintage and what a great one! This wine is 100% Merlot made from 35-year old vines in 3 parcels directly in front of and to the side of the winery.
It has fresh, ripe red fruit flavours - ripe cherry, ripe strawberry and plum as well as some black fruits such as blueberry and blackberry. This fruitiness is complemented by the oak flavours of cedar wood with hints of tobacco and spice coming through.
The Nitty Gritty
Harvested on 9th October 2018 by hand, we then put our top grapes straight into 500-litre French oak barrels for fermentation. The barrels are turned morning noon and night to gently mix the skins, pips and juice and the number of turns depends on the year ie the ripeness and profile of the grapes. And yes, we turn one direction in the morning, the opposite direction at noon and so on. The grapes macerate and the fermentation kicks off after a couple of days.
After fermentation, the wine was put into 225 litre ('normal-sized') barrels. 70% of these are 1 year old ie have had one vintage in them (we bought these from a top St Emilion château) and 30% are new from different coopers in Bordeaux and other parts of France. We buy from different coopers and forests to try out the effect of different grains of wood and styles of cooperage on the wine. It is incredible how certain barrels mature the same wine at a different pace and
The barrel fermentation brings all the lovely secondary flavours that we love from oak-aged wine - cedar, tobacco, spice
But the wood is not overwhelming - it really rounds out the tannins and is fabulously integrated into the overall wine.
Château George 7 2018 Magnum 150cl
So I could just say all the usual - grilled or roast red meats (think roast beef sunday lunch) or steak from the BBQ - but we have gone a step further and got a chef to come up with meat, vegetarian and vegan recipes that pair beautifully with our wines whatever season we re in. Also, I love cooking so have come up with my less-cheffy ideas - how about a rich mushroom risotto, or chicken in a red wine sauce served with root veg mash.....
Hop over to the recipe section for details and more pointers. We will also pop recipe cards in your order when we ship your wine.