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Formats and their Origins

 

Champagne comes in numerous formats but as to where the terms originated is still under question. Serena Sutcliffe suggested that it possibly arose from the fact that, once upon a time, the bottle manufacturers were predominately Jewish. Another theory is that the names were dreamed up at the end of the nineteenth century by champagne merchants who wanted to associate champagne, usually consumed on festive occasions, with the pomp and circumstance of ancient Middle Eastern civilizations.

  • Quart – 187ml; popular with airlines and nightcubs
  • Demi(half bottle) – 375ml
  • Magnum-1500ml (2 bottles) the perfect size to share and optimum for cellaring
  • Jeroboam- 3 litres (double magnum/4 bottles)
  • Rehoboam- 4.5litres (triple magnum/6 bottles)
  • Methuselah- 6 litres (8 bottles)
  • Salmanazar – 9 litres (12 bottles)
  • Balthazar – 12 litres (16 bottles)
  • Nebuchadnezzar – 15 litres (20 bottles)
  • Primat - 27 Litres (36 Bottles)
  • Melchizedek - 30 litres (40 bottles)

 

  • Jeroboam-(Founder and first king of Israel, 931-910 BC)
  • Rehoboam, son of Soloman (King of Judah, 922-908 BC)
  • Methuselah, (Biblical patriach who lived to be 969 years old)
  • Salmanazar (King of Assyria, 859- 824 BC)
  • Balthazar, (Regent of Babylon, son of Nabonide, 539 BC)
  • Nebuchadnezzar (King of Babylon, 605-562 BC)
  • Melchizedek (King of Shalem)

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