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Wine Bottle Sizes

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Magnum, Jeroboam, Balthazar... These are wine bottle names!?!?  Hopefully this chart can help clear up some of the confusion around wine bottle sized and names.  As well as the traditional 750ml wine bottle (the size you normally find in supermarkets and wine shops), and the half-bottle (375ml), there are a number of large format wine bottles. Many of these are named after biblical kings. The most frustrating thing about wine bottle names may be the fact that the same name may be used to refer to different size bottles in different regions however. Here are the large format names and sizes.

Bottle Name Name's Origin Champagne Bordeaux Burgundy Volume in Litres
Equivalent standard bottles
Piccolo1 "Small" in Italian ¼ n/a n/a 0.1875
Chopine traditional French unit of volume n/a n/a 0.250
Demi² "Half" in French ½ ½ ½ 0.375
Clavelin³ n/a n/a n/a 0.620
Standard 1 1 1 0.750
Magnum 2 2 2 1.5
Marie Jeanne4 n/a 3 n/a 2.25
Double Magnum n/a 4 n/a 3.0
Jeroboam Biblical Figure 4 6 4 3.0/4.5
Rehoboam Biblical Figure 6 n/a 6 4.5
Imperial n/a 8 n/a 6.0
Methuselah Biblical Figure 8 n/a 8 6.0
Salmanazar Biblical Figure 12 n/a 12 9.0
Balthazar New Testament Figure 16 16 16 12.0
Nebuchadnezzar Biblical Figure 20 20 20 15.0
Melchior New Testament Figure, Jewish surname 24 24 24 18.0
Solomon Biblical Figure 28 n/a n/a 20.0
Sovereign 33⅓ n/a n/a 25.0
Primat 36 n/a n/a 27.0
Melchizedek Biblical Figure 40 n/a n/a 30.0

1 Also known as a quarter bottle or snipe.
² Also known as a split.
³ Primarily used in vin jaune
4Also known as a Tregnum or Tappit Hen in the port wine trade

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 10 March 2009 01:29  

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