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