I’ve got a Salmanazar of Cab from Cooper’s Hawk (I didn’t buy it – the VP at my retirement party a year ago bought it for me because it was a small group and we were way under the minimum damages for the private room).
We haven’t purchased more than double mags, but we have a wine and cheese party once a year and typically open 20L+ of wine, so a couple
Methuselahs, or a
Salmanazar / Balthazar and some regular bottles would work.
The fear of mine is buying a large bottle with some age on it, then half the wine we plan to serve is corked…
I could conceivably buy some Jeroboams (3L) or even a Rehoboam. I have 5 daughters and a son, so some wedding events are in my future. Such bottles are perfect for that. I’ve got a couple Magnums (Rieslings) that I assume will be used just so.
Price is key. For these large bottles, they’re usually sold at a premium until unexpectedly they’re not. A vintner bottles a few such products hoping to get a premium, but when money is short, they can use large bottles for the sale/bonus/promotion/gift without diluting the perceived value of their .750’s.
Avalon Wines, a seller of Willamette Valley wines who does not and cannot discount (his brand is “all our wines are good deals, premium, we curate; these wines aren’t discounted because they’re the real deal, they sell out at regular price.” etc.) last year had a promotion where if you bought a half case of some Pinot Noir you got a bonus Magnum. Effectively a discount, without technically discounting anything (just a bonus weird bottle). But my budget didn’t allow for it, dang it. (Very good juice that you can never really get at a discount.) Next time I will be ready!