Mead Made Easy: Appendix 4 - Bottle Sizes

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Recently on the The Mead Lover's Digest there was a question about the names of the various bottle sizes used for wines and champagnes.
Many people researched the answer, and I've collected the best of the research here.
By far, the most complete answer came from Michael L. Hall, but there were other contributions I've included, too.

Name of Bottle Applied to Size (litres) Size (bottles) Size (other)
Quarter Bottle Champagne .1875 .25
Piccolo Champagne .1875 .25
from the Italian, meaning small
Half Bottle All .375 .5
Split Champagne .375 .5
Fillette Bordeaux .375 .5
Pot Beaujolais .5 .666
Imperial pint Champagne .588 .784 20 fl oz
Bottle All .75 1
Magnum All 1.5 2
from the latin magnus, meaning large
Tappit Hen Port 2.27 3
from tappit (Scots var. of topped) + hen
Marie-Jeanne Bordeaux 2.25 3
Double Magnum Wine 3 4
Jeroboam Champagne 3 4
The first king of the Hebrews in N. Palestine
Jeroboam Port 3 4
Rehoboam Champagne 4.5 6
The successor of Solomon and the first king of Judah
Jeroboam Bordeaux 4.5 6
Imperial Wine 6 8
Methuselah Champagne 6 8
A patriarch who lived to 969 years of age
Salmanazar All 9 12
var. of Shalmaneser, a biblical king (2 Kings 18:9)
Balthazar All 12 16
One of the magi
Nebuchadnezzar All 15 20
A king of Babylonia (604? - 561? BC) and conqueror of Jerusalem. II Kings 24, 25
Sovereign Champagne 25 33.33
Barrel Wine 119 31.5 gal
ML (ca 800) barriclus, meaning small cask
Hogshead Wine 238 63 gal
Pipe Port Wine 476 126 gal.
Tun Wine 953 1270 252 gal
Sources used:

Copyright 2009, Dave Polaschek. Last updated on Mon, 15 Feb 2010 14:09:06.