The Imperial belongs to the family of large bottles of Bordeaux wines.
What is the capacity of an Imperial?
The capacity of an Imperial is 6 litres, the equivalent of 8 bottles of 75cl or 48 glasses of wine.
What does the name Imperial mean?
The name Imperial refers to the title of Emperor used in Roman times to designate the commander of an army.
Does the size of the bottle influence the quality of the wine?
The size of the bottle does indeed have an influence on the quality of the wine. The exchange of air between the cork and the wine is less in a large format than in a bottle, which limits its oxidisation. In addition, because of their large capacity, large bottles release the complexity and aromatic palette of the wine.
What is the best way to open an Imperial?
To open an Imperial properly, in the case of a wax-covered neck, after piercing the top of the waxed surface with your corkscrew, gently remove the cork by gradually removing the wax shavings so that they do not fall into the bottle after opening.
What is the best temperature to serve an Imperial?
An Imperial should ideally be served at a temperature of 16-18°C.