Magnum bottles

Large bottles - the most common of which is the magnum bottle - are enjoying increasing popularity. To begin with, they are ideal for storing wines and sparkling wines.

A real eye-catcher
Plus they are real eye-catchers at events and parties, and therefore a tried-and-tested feature at celebrations and promotional events.

Historically, large bottles are well-established in sparkling wine production, for example the eternally popular magnum bottle. In the field of sparkling wine or German sparkling wine (Sekt) bottles, the following sizes are common – some have been given names from the Old Testament:
  • Piccolo (quarter bottle) (0.2 l)
  • Demi or Half (half bottle) (0.375 l)
  • Imperial (standard bottle) (0.75 l)
  • Magnum (1.5 l)
  • Jeroboam (double magnum) (3 l)
  • Rehoboam (4.5 l)
  • Methusalem (6 l)
  • Salmanassar (9 l)
  • Balthazar (12 l)
  • Nebuchadnezzar (15 l)
  • Melchior or Goliath (18 l)
  • Sovereign or Souverain (25.5 l)
  • Primat (27 l)
  • Melchisedech (30 l)
XXL wine bottles
Magnum bottles are steadily becoming more popular in the wine field too, not only in the world of gastronomy. Ambitious private wine experts tend to buy their favourite wines in magnum bottles as they can be stored very well.

Based on the Burgundy bottle shape, we are talking about the following large bottle sizes:

  • 1.5 litres: magnum bottle = 2 bottles, the amount that Goethe was said to drink of an evening from the Würzburger Stein vineyard.
  • 3 litres: double magnum = 4 bottles
  • 4.5 litres: Jeroboam (old size) = 6 bottles
  • 5.0 litres: Jeroboam (modern size, since circa 1978)
  • 6 litres: Methusalem = 8 bottles
  • 9 litres: Salmanassar = 12 bottles
  • 12 litres: Balthazar = 16 bottles
  • 15 litres: Nebuchadnezzar (as a rule for champagnes or Bordeaux, sometimes Burgundies) = 20 bottles
Available in every shape
Of course, options are available for the other originally French bottles – the Bordeaux bottle, a large bottle format like a magnum bottle. Storage benefits, high recognition value and familiarity are also particularly attractive aspects to consider. The following models are available in Bordeaux formats:

  • Magnum: 1.5 litres = 2 bottles
  • Double magnum: 3.0 litres = 4 bottles
  • Jeroboam: 4.5 litres = 6 bottles
  • Imperial: 6.0 litres = 8 bottles
  • Salmanassar: 9.0 litres = 12 bottles
  • Balthazar: 12.0 litres = 16 bottles
  • Nebuchadnezzar: 15.0 litres = 20 bottles
  • Goliath: 18.0 litres = 24 bottles
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