There’s something about … a barrel

Barrel-aged beer has grown more and more popular over the years. That’s a good thing, as great woodflavored beers found their way to beerenthousiastics all over the world. Unfortunetly, not every brewer has figured out there’s more to barrel-aging than simply dumping beer on a barrel, wait and bottle.

Ask a brewer about hops and he will tell you the origin, the IBU, how and when to use it according to the recipe and how it will flavor his beer. Ask him about barrels and he will tell you what liquid it contained (wine, port, whisky, …) but not much more.

When you are using barrels as an ingredient, there’s so much more to know about a barrel. My first priority as barrelmanager is to get my hands on the best barrels and learn as much about them as possible. Barrels come and go at the brewery. It’s a quest to find topquality over and over again. Today, 35 winebarrels arrived at the brewery. Most of these barrels will be used for Cuvée de Mortagne. Let me share their history with you.

To find these barrels, the network I’ve build with wineries and even a tonnellerie (cooperage) proved to be very usefull. Timing is essential, as we want our barrels to be shipped to the brewery as recently emptied as possible. We try to buy barrels as close as possible to the source.

The origin of the barrels … France – Burgundy – Côte de Nuits.

The Côte de Nuits (named after walnut trees!) is home to 24 Grand Cru vineyards and some of the world’s most expensive vineyard real estate. The area begins just south of Dijon and ends at the village of Corgoloin. 80% of the wines produced here are Pinot Noir. The Grand Cru vineyards form a patchwork on the eastern slopes facing the valley of the Saône River starting at the village of Gevrey Chambertin, past Morey St-Denis and south to Vougeot and Vosne Romanée.

Domaine Harmand-Geoffroy – Gevrey-Chambertin – 9 ha – 100 % Pinot Noir

Domaine Harmand-Geofroy will age it’s red wine for 12 to 16 months on French oak barrels. Over 90 % of the Grand Cru is aged on new oak, between 20 and 50 % of new oak is used for the Villages and Premier Cru.

Barrel: 228 l – 2012 – French oak (27 mm)

Wines: Mazis Chambertin Grand Cru – Gevrey Chambertin 1er Cru – Gevrey Chambertin Village

Tonnellerie (number of barrels): Cavin (5) – Meyrieux (16) – François Frères (7)


Technical info barrels from Tonnellerie Meyrieux

Domaine Arnoux Lachaux – Vosne-Romanée – 14,5 ha – 100 % Pinot Noir

Domaine Arnoux Lachaux uses 30 up to 100 % new oak depending on the appellations and vintages. The wine is aged for 12 months

Barrel: 228 l – 2012 – French oak (27 mm)

Wines: no information at this moment

Tonnellerie (number of barrels): Rousseau (4) – Saury (1) – Anne Marie Jayer (2)


Technical info barrels from Tonnellerie Saury

Posted on 28 December 2015, in Geen categorie. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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