French Classic Barrel Profile with Untoasted Heads
Very Classic Bordeaux or Burgundy barrel combination of 3⁄4 toasted wood (inside surface of the shell), with a majority of Medium toast to provide a lot of complexity and sweetness (vanilla, fresh bread, toast, chocolate), some Medium Plus for spice, roast and moka, and a touch of High toast for empyreumatic notes (black peper, coffee, toffee, hot smoke), completed with 1⁄4 of untoasted wood (inside surface of the heads) providing minerality, structure, and freshness. A tremendous profile for most ripe, sound, and concentrated wines.
French Classic Barrel Profile with Toasted Heads
Another very Classic Bordeaux or Burgundy barrel profile. The 3⁄4 of shell wood is toasted to a slightly lower intensity with more perceived sweetness and spice but less empyreumatic notes. The 1⁄4 of headpieces are toasted to a Medium Plus intensity to reduce the impact of the lactones and add a touch of extra roast. This results in a profile that is less structuring, with less coconut, but with a sweetening effect that is possibly better suited where the finesse of the fruit needs to be preserved and enhanced.
American Barrel Profile with Untoasted Heads
Our American quercus alba comes from the Midwest. Our white oak barrel profile combines a reasonable dose of lactones from untoasted wood pieces, with the sweet and spicy aromatics of a Medium and Medium Plus toast, and a touch of smokiness to refresh it all. With its low tannic profile it is ideal to bring an aromatic complement to an already well-structured wine.
Russian Barrel Profile with Untoasted Heads
Russian oak from the Caucasus mountain range has moderate aromatic properties but a very distinct tannic profile, sharp and fresh. It is a very interesting match with cool‐climate mineral or zesty whites, to preserve their tension and flint‐stone notes. It is also a very interesting oak for hot climate fruit, with surprisingly refreshing properties on overripe or jamy reds.
Lafayette Barrel Profile with Untoasted Heads
A symbol of the Franco‐American friendship, our Lafayette barrel profile literally offers the best of both Worlds: a combination of American white oak aromatic punch, and French oak structure and elegant sophistication.
Lafayette Barrel Profile with Toasted Heads
Same as above but a bit less structuring, with also less coconut, and a slightly higher vanilla (sweetening effect), spice, warm smoke, and roasted almonds and coffee characters.
BarriQ Single Forrest Origin: Tronçais and Jupilles
Our most exquisite range is the single forest origin BarriQ oak from the renowned forests of Tronçais and Jupilles. The highly prized oak of these forests has very tight grain and it is used by winemakers worldwide to produce icon wines.
From the same noble origins as BarriQ, LBarriQ (literally “little BarriQ”) is cut thinner to provide greater surface area for faster extraction. It conveys elegant aromatics and flavours, softening and structured tannins.
Also designed by Oak Masters Selection in Cognac, LBarriQ is available in four exclusive profiles:
Bordeaux Profile: Designed to replicate the oakwood masses of each toast level in a traditional Bordeaux 225L barrel with a Medium/Medium Plus toast shell and a hint of untoasted heads, the perfect combination for Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot.
Burgundy Profile: Designed to replicate the oakwood masses of each toast level in a traditional Burgundy 228L barrel with a Medium Long toast shell and untoasted heads, ideal for Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.
Northern Rhone Profile: Designed to replicate the oakwood masses of each toast level in a traditional barrique, with a recipe especially suited to preserve and support the freshness of cooler style Rhone varietals.
Southern Rhone Profile: Designed to replicate the oakwood masses of each toast level in a traditional barrique, with a recipe speciallycraed to complement powerful and well‐structured “warm” southern Rhone varietals.