Every bottle shape has it\'s story...
Every BOTTLE SHAPE has it's story...
Have you ever wondered why there are different shapes of wine bottles? It is very easy to every wine producer or vineyard think that each kind of wine has its typical bottle or designs its own bottle. The truth is as a matter of fact there are just three main shapes of wine bottles: the Bordeaux bottle, the Burgundy bottle and the champagne bottle.
The Bordeaux bottle
You can recognize the Bordeaux bottle by its straight sides, its “high shoulders” and the clunge (dimple at the bottom of the bottle). The curved bottom prevent settled sediments escaping into the serving portion in the wine glass.
The Bordeaux bottles are produced either with green or colourless glass.
All sweet wines (red and white wines) are filled into colourless glass. All dry red wines are stored in green bottles. Dry white wines can be found in green and in colourless bottles.
Typical varietal for the Bordeaux bottle are: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot, Cabernet Franc, Sauvignon Blanc und Semillion.
The Burgundy bottle
Unlike the Bordeaux bottle the Burgundy bottle does not have outstanding shoulders. The bottle’s sides are gently sloping. Also the clunge at the bottom of the bottle is smaller than those of the Bordeaux bottle. Traditionally Burgundy bottles are made of green glass, however, there are also some wines which are filled in colourless glass bottles. Most typical varietal filled into the Burgundy bottle are Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.
The Champagne bottle
Champagne bottle is used for champagne (obviously) and also other sparkling wines. In comparison to the Boredeaux and Burgundy bottle, its walls are thicker and its clunge more pronounced. Those two characteristics and the gently sloping shoulders make the bottle more robust as due to the second fermentation in the bottle the pressure is high. The pressure inside a champagne bottle is comparable to the tire pressure of a truck.
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