8 part video series on the history of Champagne filmed in France


Bollinger Nebuchadnezzar

A Nebuchadnezzar is equivalent to 20 bottles… so about 80 to 90 glasses. Handle with care! And open with care for that matter too!

You may recall, Nebuchadnezzar II was the King of Babylon from 605- 562 B.C. It is written in the Bible, “in Daniel chapter 3, Nebuchadnezzar erects a large idol made of gold for worship during a public ceremony on the plain of Dura. When three Jews, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah (respectively renamed Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego by their captors, to facilitate their assimilation into Babylonian culture), refuse to take part, Nebuchadnezzar has them cast into a fiery furnace. Remarkably, they are protected by what Nebuchadnezzar describes as "the son of God" (Daniel 3:25) and emerge unscathed without even the smell of smoke.”

Shadrach Mesach and Abednego unharmed in furnace

“By God’s angel, they were delivered out of harm’s way…” The Babylonian guards who threw them into the furnace were killed by the extreme heat (as seen in this bible etching - right page), yet Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego were spared because they obeyed GOD’s first Commandment. Reminder - the Commandments were given to Moses by GOD and the first one is: Thou shalt have no other gods before me. In other words: Do not worship any other gods besides me.

So if you get to drink from a Nebuchadnezzar… perhaps toast to Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego who refused to compromise their relationship with the Lord… and may they give us
the strength to do the same.

As you are probably already aware, Nebuchadnezzar bottles are not readily found, but you can, indeed, locate them in the States!
Sherry Lehmann on Park Ave in NYC sells a Veuve Clicquot Nebuchadnezzar for $2400.

Veuve Clicquot Nebuchadnezzar
Taittinger Nebuchadnezzar

Other top champagne houses produce them, including, but not limited to, Drappier, Taittinger, and Moët et Chandon…

”Drappier is the real big bottle specialist. This is the only producer who carries out fermentation in even the largest sized bottles. In most houses the secondary fermentation is carried out in magnums and then the champagne is decanted into the big bottles but it results in a loss of pressure.”  Drappier CARTE D'OR Brut NV

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