Wine Bottle Sizes
Bordeaux Wine Bottle Sizes
Bottle sizes of Bordeaux wine range all the way from tiny quarter bottles (known as a “split”) to the colossal 18 liter “Melchior”. The standard wine bottle size remains the 750ml bottle, and most other bottles contain a fraction or multiple of that volume. Here we have a chart detailing the series of Bordeaux bottle sizes, alongside their metric equivalent in liters.
- SPLIT – 0,187
- HALF – 0,375
- STANDARD – 0,75
- MAGNUM – 1,5
- MARIE-JEANNE – 2,25
- DOUBLE MAGNUM – 3,0
- JEROBOAM – 5,0
- IMPERIALE – 6,0
- SALMANAZAR – 9,0
- BALTHAZAR – 12,0
- NEBUCHADNEZZAR – 15,0
- MELCHIOR – 18,0
Wine Bottle Size Terminology
The terminology used to describe wine bottles shapes and sizes is mainly drawn from bibilical kings and historical figures. For example:
- Jeroboam – First king of the Northern Kingdom
- Salmanazar – Assyrian King
- Balthazar – One of the wise men in early Christian folklore
- Nebuchadnezzar – King of Babylon
- Melchior – one of the Wise Men in early Christian folklore
There are also varied bottles shapes as well as sizes. Bottle size, volume and shape are all factors that can affect the wine quality; maturing, fermentation, oxidization are all factors that are affected by the bottle dimensions.
Following is a chart depicting the various wine bottle sizes:
Does the Wine Bottle Size Affect the Value?
As one can see from the wine bottle chart, there is a whole range of bottle sizes available when dealing with Bordeaux wines. Although the value of a wine bottle is not necessarily dependent on the size, bigger bottles cost more (naturally) and are harder to find. Therefore, there is an argument for monetary value being directly proportional to bottle size, but this fact is negligible; a bigger bottle costs more and will sell for more however, bigger bottles do not show a higher rate of capital appreciation.
Bear in mind, when investing in wine, most fine wine investments are handled in cases – usually containing 12 or 6 bottles. There are cases of fine wine that contain a different number of bottles (usually 1 or 3), and even loose bottles can be invested in, but these are treated as collector’s items and rarities.
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