Champagne Bottle Size and Names Glass Cloth
These hand-printed linen union glass cloths are designed by us and are exclusive to Top Note Design. This original tea towel design features one large bottle containing every champagne bottle size.
If you want to improve your wine knowledge this might be the perfect gift for you. Keep it in the kitchen or bar and to remind yourself daily of the different size champagne bottles, their names and how much each contains. We all know about standard bottles (75cl) and magnums, containing two standard bottles of champagne (1.5l). However, many of us have never come across the larger sizes of champagne bottle.
Who are Champagne Bottles Named After?
The larger champagne bottle sizes have the names of Biblical Jewish kings and patriarchs. A double magnum, the Jeroboam, named after a King of Israel in 9th century BC, contains 24 glasses of champagne. Then comes the Methuselah containing 6 litres of champagne or 48 glasses. Salmanazar was an Assyrian king living in the 9th century BC. The Salmanazar bottle size contains 9 litres. A Balthazar contains 12 litres or 96 glasses of champagne. Balthazar was a Babylonian King and one of the three wise men who followed the Star of Bethlehem to the nativity. Another Babylonian King, Nebuchadnezzar, lived in the 6th Century. This enormous bottle contains 15 litres of champagne. It is so enormous I am not sure how you would manage to pour any of the 120 glasses it contains.
There seems to be no definitive answer as to why these large bottles are named after Biblical Kings. However, we have found a few interesting theories the most common being that each name is completely appropriate for each bottle size.
If you know lots about champagne why not test yourself with our quick champagne quiz
Where to Buy Large Bottles of Champagne
These speciality size bottles can be difficult to find but if you are looking for one try The Champagne Company who stock every size. They are not cheap but they certainly make an impact.