There are many reasons why winemakers insist on the use of French oak. It is the more versatile of all oaks, allowing winemakers to age a great variety of wines in these barrels, with more subdued woody/smoky undertones imparting into the wine. Wine is aged in wooden barrels to enhance the flavor, aroma and complexity of the wine through the extraction of substances from the wood into the wine, and to allow air (oxygen) to come in contact with the wine. French oak releases more tannins, phenols and solids into the wine. These compounds help to give body to the wine as well as astringency.
Unlike other types of oak, French can be used to age both white and red wines. The wood used to make these barrels is open air dried for around two years before being made into barrels and this type of barrel is also used for Porto wine. It is the most highly regarded wood for use in winemaking. This high demand has made this type of barrel more popular than others. It is known for its subtle flavor and bouquet.
Suitable for the more refined and delicate wine making, French oak is ideal barrel for the more experienced wine maker who knows what he wants.
Within our selection of fine French oak barrels, we have round barrels, vats and casks. We also carry Port wine seasoned French oak barrels, which will add that unique flavor the wine maker is looking for.
Please note that no wine barrels are warranted. Barrels are made of wood which is a natural product and therefore cannot be warranted for leakage or other defects. If a problem does arise, we will do our best to resolve it.