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Bordeaux bottle

The most widespread wine bottle shape, which started its triumphal march around the world from Bordeaux. It has become the global standard, so to speak, especially for red wines. The bottle has a cylindrical body, a pronounced shoulder (hence the name shoulder bottle) and a short neck. This is also the origin of some of the designations for the fill level, i.e. liquid level (high shoulder, mid shoulder, upper shoulder, low shoulder, below shoulder). As a rule, dark-coloured glass is used for dry red and some white wines, and clear glass for sweet wines. The bottom of the bottle is slightly curved, so that sediment gets into the small groove around the indentation. This prevents the deposit from churning when pouring. The roller shape also makes it easy to stack in a horizontal position in the wine cellar or wine climate control cabinet. The two other most common bottle shapes are Burgundy bottle and Schlegel bottle. See also complete listings under the keywords bottles and wine vessels.

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