Champagne Bottle Sizes


in the studio…
Bottle Sizes

Type Capacity Number of bottles
Quarter (not illustrated) 18.75 cl 1/4
Half-Bottle 37.5 cl 1/2
Bottle 75 cl 1
Magnum 1.5 l 2
Jeroboam 3 l 4
Rehoboam 4.5 l 6
Methuselah 6 l 8
Salmanazar 9 l 12
Balthazar 12 l 16
Nebuchadnezzar 15 l 20

Magnum (TV private detective, 1980’s).
Jeroboam (Founder and first king of Israel, 931-910 BC)
Rehoboam, son of Solomon (King of Judah, 922-908 BC)
Methuselah (Biblical patriarch who lived to the age of 969)
Salmanazar (King of Assyria, 859-824 BC)
Balthazar (Regent of Babylon, son of Nabonide, 539BC)
Nebuchadnezzar (King of Babylon, 605-562 BC)

There are occasionally exceptions to these standard bottle types. Sometimes bottles of different sizes and shapes are used for special occasions or for special cuvées. For example, Pol Roger made a 20 fluid ounce/ 60cl. bottle (imperial pint) specially for Sir Winston Churchill, which his manservant brought him each morning at 11 am. Extremely rare is the 18 litre, 24 bottle Solomon (Salomon in French), and even rarer is the gigantic 27 litre, 36 bottle Primat (pronounced “preemah”), which weighs in at 65 kilos!

Big bottles have a novelty value, but because of the difficulty in moving such a large mass for riddling and disgorgement (a full Nebuchadnezzar weighs 38 kilos!), in most houses the secondary fermentation is carried out in magnums. The wine is then decanted into the larger bottles. This inevitably results in a loss of pressure. Some would say that there is a chance of more oxidation as a result of this, and that Champagne from a giant bottle is inferior to that from the magnum it was fermented in.

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POPADEMIC is POP ART Bottled, original paintings on glass wine, champagne and other spirits bottles.  

Each of these bottle paintings is a unique conception. and is a one of a kind, hand painted original work of fine art by Joey Havlock


The development of POPADEMIC is a continuation of Joey Havlock’s SOCIAL EPIDEMIC Collection. It’s inclusion in this ongoing series was prompted by one of the most recognizable symbols of the drinking culture, the wine bottle. These beautiful remnants, created to protect and showcase their valuable spirits, are often discarded without consideration once their contents have been consumed.  Havlock has taken these bottles and re-energized them in a way that is not only fun and entertaining, but visually engaging. 


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