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Wine Bottle Sizes

A Comparison of Standard Wine Bottle Dimensions

A Paramount bottle of Charles Krug 2006 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon on a table at the Beverly Hills, CA's Morton's The Steakhouse

What’s the difference between ordering a split of Champagne and a magnum of Champagne? The magnum is actually eight times larger than the split. Traditionally, wine is bottled in ten different sizes, and the names can get rather confusing. A standard bottle is 750 mL, or ¾ of a liter. A half-bottle, also known as a demi, is pretty straightforward, while a split is half of that, or ¼ of a standard bottle. The magnum is the equivalent of two standard bottles, while larger sizes are named typically after ancient kings and biblical characters.

Name
Liter Capacity
# of Standard Bottles
Split
.1875
.25
Half-Bottle
.375
.5
Standard
.75
1
Magnum
1.5
2
Jeroboam
3
4
Rehoboam
4.5
6
Methuselah
6
8
Imperial
6
8
Salmanazar
9
12
Balthazar
12
16
Nebuchadnezzar
15
20
Paramount
27
36


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(Updated: 11/15/12 JLD)

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