Spittoon.biz Bookmark This page
A guide to wine bottle sizes. What are the different capacities and names of wine bottles.

Capacity (litres) Bottle Equivalents Bordeaux Name Champagne Name
0.1875 - Piccolo -
0.25 quarter Chopine -
0.375 - Demi-bottle -
0.5 - Jennie -
0.62 - Clavelin -
.75 1 Bottle Bottle
0.757 - Fifth -
1.5 2 Magnum Magnum
2.25 3 Marie Jeanne -
3 4 Double Magnum Jeroboam
4.5 6 Jeroboam Rehoboam
6 8 Imperial Methuselah
9 12 Salmanazar
12 16 Balthazar
15 20 Nebuchadnezzar
18 24 Melchior Melchior/Solomon
27 36 Primat
30 40 - Melchizedek

champagne bottles

And who are these extra large bottles named after? Well Jeroboam is the name of “a mighty man of valour who made Israel to sin” 1 Kings 11:28 14:16.

Rehoboam was the son of Solomon while Methuselah is a Pre-Noachian patriarch stated to have lived 969 years.

The reign of
Nebuchadnezzar extended from B.C. 604 to 561. In 598BC he laid siege to Jerusalem
and in 588 again captured the city, and carried Zedekiah, who had rebelled against him, captive to Babylon. The name Nebuchadnezzar, or more accurately Nebuchadrezzar is derived from the Jewish Scriptures.

But in the inscriptions it reads Nebo-kudurri-ussur, i.e., “may Nebo protect the crown”; a name analogous to that of his father Nebo(Nabu)-habal-ussur. (“Nebo protect the son”) and to that of Belshazzar, i.e., “Bel protect the prince.”

Not just a wine bottle size guide but plenty of historical culture too! As for the others……..

Melchior, King of Light and Balthazar, King of Treasures are two of the Three Wise Men (the other being Gaspar, The White One). Finally, Salmanazar, was an Assyrian king.

Leave a Comment »




Advert

Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Recent Posts

1
Apr

Announcing Tuscan Wine Tour for Photographers

My three passions, wine, food and photography, combine in a new venture – a Tuscan Wine Tour for Photographers. Its taken the best part of aRead More

24
Jul

Visiting a Port House: Ramos Pinto

Just behind the lower end of the cable car ride in Vila Nova de Gaia stands a proud, mustard coloured building. This is the lodge forRead More

20
Jul

The Vista Lounge Citrus Garden at the Trafalgar

A London pop-up bar, right in the very centre of town, with one of the most superb views across the skyline. Welcome to the Vista LoungeRead More

20
Jul

Stainless Steel Tanks at Chateau La Dominique Bordeaux

For this weeks Sunday Wine Shot more stainless steel tanks! Hoop-d-dah. This rather grainy shot was taken in the cellars of Chateau La Dominique in Bordeaux.Read More

18
Jul

Quinta do Portal Douro Portugal

On the flight home from Oporto, while waiting with increasing excitement the imminent arrival of the in-flight sandwich, I flicked through the TAP magazine. I hadRead More

17
Jul

The Louis Roederer International Wine Writers’ Awards 2014 Shortlist

I might have let out an embarrassing yelp on the train up to London yesterday. To fill the journey I was scanning through my twitter feedRead More

14
Jul

Cité des civilisations du vin

By the time the next Fete du Vin rolls round the grand wine project in Bordeaux should be completed. As we hurtled passed – as IRead More

Top

© 2004-2014 Spittoon.biz All Rights Reserved