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Welcher Geist lebt in welcher Flasche?

Other than the Glass, the shape of the bottle does not affect the wine. The numerous variations are primarily due to tradition, aesthetics and pragmatic considerations. And of course the influence of zeitgeist and fashion. Wine is a perishable commodity. The material glass prevents the contact with oxygen and therewith the oxidation. The contact with air holds the risk that the wine loses its freshness and potentially changes its colour – which it tips.

Many bottle shapes
have developed to the trademark of a certain wine or a certain area.
Mace-shaped bottle

The elegant, long-neck bottle shape turn of the century Rheinwines (brown glass) and Moselwines (green glass).
Bordeaux bottle

The broad shoulder adds a classic and elegant impression to the bottle, the cylindrical, slightly conic body reminds of the antique form. Today it is being used for red wines of all kinds, from green, brown or uncoloured glass.

Burgundy bottle

Thick-bellied and with sloping shoulders, this traditional bottle shape was already used in the last century in Burgundy. Today it is used for red and white wines from brown, green or yellow-green glass.

It was developed in the early 70’s for wines from Alba (Piemont) and it is trademarked. Its shape reminds of a vessel which was already used three centuries ago for the wines of this region.

Sledge bottle

Rosé wine of the Provence are being offered in this kind of bottle – indeed, today many producers prefer the classic Bordeaux bottle. With its rolling shape, it acts folkloristic .

Since its edict in the year 1728, the round-bellied bottle is regarded as garant as guarantor for “genuineness and full vessel“. Today, it is still compulsory for all from the Franconia of Baden originated quality wines and wines with predicate.
Elsässer Flöte
Alsatian Flute

The Flute d’Alsace – slender, green, cylindrical – is widespread in Alsace, but also in other french regions and in Germany, Austria and Switzerland.
Champagne bottle

The classic for all sparkling wines: In its long neck, the barmy may gather during the second fermentation. The thick glass withstands pressure of the carbon dioxide.
Portwine bottle

Compact shape, round shoulders, inflated neck, great light shield: blown from dark, UV-resisting glass. Is being used for liqueur wines worldwide.

Due to the photosensitivity of the wine, the bottles usually are dark toned. The size of the bottle affects the aging process of the wine: the smaller the bottle, the faster ages its content. That is the reason, why great wines are always filled in king sizes.

The denotation of the king size Bordeaux bottles:
Magnum is equivalent to 2 bottles with 0,75l
Double-Magnum is equivalent to 4 bottles with 0,75l
Jeroboam is equivalent to 6 bottles with 0,75l
Impériale is equivalent to 8 bottles with 0,75l
Salmanazar is equivalent to 12 bottles with 0,75l
Balthasar is equivalent to 16 bottles with 0,75l
Nebukadnezar is equivalent to 20 bottles with 0,75l
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