Double Magnum

Definition - What does Double Magnum mean?

A double magnum bottle is twice the size of a magnum and can hold the equivalent of four standard (750ml) bottles of wine (three liters). This bottle format is often reserved for special vintages and/or for collectors who order wine from a winery in this large size. The advantage of these larger sizes allows for wine to age longer and better.

WineFrog explains Double Magnum

A double magnum is typically only used for Bordeaux or Bordeaux style wines. These include blends of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Petit Verdot.

As these wines typically need a significant period of time to age, placing them in larger formats, such as a double magnum can be advantageous.

Wine Bottle Sizes and Capacity

  • Split - 1/4 of a standard bottle
  • Half-Bottle/Demie - 1/2 of a standard bottle
  • Jennie - about 2/3 of a standard bottle
  • Standard - 750 ml
  • Magnum - 2 standard bottles
  • Double Magnum - 4 standard bottles
  • Jeroboam - 6 standard bottles
  • Imperial - 8 standard bottles
  • Salmanazar - 12 standard bottles
  • Balthazar - 16 standard bottles
  • Nebuchadnezzar - 20 standard bottles
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