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Wine Bottle Sizes

Wine Bottle Sizes

If you've ever wondered about wine bottle sizes but gotten mixed up with your jeroboams and rehoboams this is the blog post for you. 

Not many of us know our Balthazars from our Balti's and to be honest while we may know a magnum is a big bottle of wine do you know how much it actually holds? Lets face it, everyday drinking they are not. But if you are having a party, wedding or celebration a massive bottle of wine or champagne is pretty spectacular to share between your guests.

So here it is, your guide to wine bottle sizes:

Wine Bottle Sizes Infographic

Just to confuse you the bottle sizes are different in different regions. The graphic above shows the Bordeaux wine bottle sizes, but they differ with bottles from Champagne. 

Wine Bottle Sizes List (Bordeaux)

375 ml Half: half of a standard bottle

750 ml Standard: most common bottle size

1.5 L Magnum: Two standard bottles

3.0 L Double Magnum: Two magnums / Four standard bottles

4.5 L Jeroboam: Six standard bottles

6.0 L Imperial: Eight standard bottles

Champagne Bottle Sizes List

375 ml Half: half of a standard bottle

750 ml Standard: most common bottle size

1.5 L Magnum: Two standard bottles

3.0 L Jeroboam: Two magnums / Four standard bottles

4.5 L Rehoboam: Six standard bottles

6.0 L Methusalah: Eight standard bottles

9.0 L Salmanazar: Twelve standard bottles

12.0 L Balthazar: Sixteen standard bottles

15.0 L Nebuchadnezzar: Twenty standard bottles

Did you know ....

The names of the bottles come from biblical figures:

Jeroboam - King of Israel

Rehoboam - King of Judah

Methusalah - Noah’s grandfather, said to have lived to the grand old age of 969!

Salmanazar - King of Assyria

Balthazar - one of the Three Wise Men 

Nebuchadnezzar - King of Babylon

Wine from larger format bottles will age longer and smaller bottles will age quicker.

So if you're planning on buying a wine for ageing for 30, 50 or even 100 years you might want to consider buying it in a larger format. 

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