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Methuselah

Designation of a bottle oversize for a champagne with the volume of six litres or the content of eight normal bottles. However, the name is not protected of origin, but can be used freely for sparkling wines or wines. However, the name is also used in French Burgundy for still wines with this volume. In Bordeaux, however, this bottle size for still wines is called Impériale. The Hebrew name Methuselah (spear thrower) is derived from the biblical ancestor of the same name. This son of Enoch and grandfather of Noah was 969 years old according to the Old Testament of the Bible. However, this is not necessarily to be taken literally, as it was customary at that time to add possessions, household goods, livestock etc. to the years of life. According to another version, the basis was a lunar calendar and the number refers to months rather than years. According to this it would have been about 80 years. See a list of all bottle designations under Bottles and generally under Wine Vessels.

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