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Wine Bottling and Bottle Sizes

At some point the wine will be placed in bottles. Producers often use different shaped bottles to denote different types of wine. Usually, colored bottles help to reduce damage by light. Light assists in oxidation and breakdown of the wine into undesirable chemicals, such as mercaptan.

Moments prior to bottling, the producer may inject nitrogen, which will sit above the liquid, preventing contamination by oxygen. A capsule will then be placed over the top of the bottle.

 
Bottle sizes:
Applying generally to Bordeaux wines:
Size
Capacity
Equivalent to
Half bottle
0.375 liter
0.5 bottle
Bottle
0.750 liter
1 bottle
Magnum
1.5 liter
2 bottles
Marie-Jeanne
2.25 liters
3 bottles
Double magnum
3 liters
4 bottles
Jeroboam
4.5 liters
6 bottles
Imperial
6 liters
8 bottles

Applying generally to Champagnes:

Size
Capacity
Equivalent to
Split
0.200 liter
0.27 bottle
Half bottle
0.375 liter
0.5 bottle
Pint
0.400 liter
0.53 bottle
Bottle
0.750 liter
1 bottle
Magnum
1.5 liter
2 bottles
Jeroboam
3 liters
4 bottles
Rehoboam
4.5 liters
6 bottles
Methuselah
6 liters
8 bottles
Salmanazar
9 liters
12 bottles
Balthazar
12 liters
16 bottles
Nebuchadnezzar
15 liters
20 bottles
Applying generally to Burgundy wines:
Size
Capacity
Equivalent to
Half-bottle
0.375 liter
0.5 bottle
Bottle
0.75 liter
1 bottle
Magnum
1.5 liter
2 bottles
Jeroboam
3 liters
4 bottles
Rehoboam
4.5 liters
6 bottles
Mathusalem
6 liters
8 bottles
Salmanazar
9 liters
12 bottles
Balthazar
12 liters
16 bottles
Nabuchodonosor
15 liters
20 bottles