Champagne bottle guide.

Champagne bottle guide.

Champagne is the only wine bottled in the widest range of bottle sizes. The most common bottles are the standard 750ml standard bottle and the 1.5l magnum bottle.It is interesting to note that they are named after historical bible kings.

The different packaging ways are more to fulfil to the eye’s appeal especially during festive occasions. They list as follows;

  • 750 ml – Standard bottle
  • 1.5 l – Magnum (2 bottles)
  • 2.25l – Marie Jeanne (3 bottles)
  • 3l – Jeroboam (4 bottles)
  • 4.5l – Rehoboam (6 bottles)
  • 6l – Methuselah (8 bottles)
  • 9l – Salmanazar (12 bottles)
  • 12l – Balthazar (16 bottles)
  • 15l – Nebuchadnezzar (20 bottles)
  • 18l – Solomon (24 bottles)
  • 26.25l – Sovereign (35 bottles)
  • 27l – Primat or Goliath (36 bottles)
  • 30l – Melchidezek or Midas (40 bottles)

 

To describe the sweetness of champagne,the following terms are used;

  • Extra Brut (less than 6 grams of residual sugar per litre)
  • Brut (less than 12 grams)
  • Extra Dry (between 12 and 17 grams)
  • Sec (between 17 and 32 grams)
  • Demi-sec (between 32 and 50 grams)
  • Doux (50 grams)

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