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Designation of a bottle oversize with the volume of 18 litres or the content of 24 normal bottles. This giant size was formerly used for still wines in Bordeaux, Tuscany and South Africa. The name derives from one of the Three Magi (along with Balthasar and Kaspar) or "Wise Men from the East" of the New Testament in the Bible, who presented the newly born Jesus with gold, frankincense and myrrh in the stable of Bethlehem. The same size of bottle, but named Goliath (after the biblical giant) or Solomon (after the king) is used for champagne. See a list of all bottle designations under Bottles as well as generally under Wine Vessels.

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