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Varying bottle sizes provide more than a convenient amount of wine: size also affects the way wine ages. Wine matures faster in a smaller bottle and slower in a larger one a point well worth remembering when buying wine. This is due to the amount of oxygen available to fuel the reductive processes. Many wine lovers find that a magnum (1.5 litres, or two normal bottles) provides optimum ageing conditions.

Champagne
The champagne pint is virtually extinct.










































Pint 40cl  
Magnum 1.5 litres 2 bottles
Jeroboam 3 litres 4 bottles
Rehoboam 4.5 litres 6 bottles
Methuselah 6 litres 8 bottles
Salmanazar 9 litres 12 bottles
Balthazar 12 litres 16 bottles
Nebuchadnezzar 15 litres 20 bottles


Bordeaux
(Note that a Bordeaux Jeroboam differs from that of Champagne.)


























Magnum 1.5 litres 2 bottles
Marie-Jeanne 2.5 litres 3 bottles
Double-magnum 3 litres 4 bottles
Jeroboam 4.5 litres 6 bottles
Imperial 6 litres 8 bottles



Port
Here, a Jeroboam is the Champagne size.
















Magnum 1.5 litres 2 bottles
TappitHen 2.25 litres 3 bottles
Jeroboam 3 litres 4 bottles

 
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