We import our barrels directly from the best French coopers of small barrels.
They are "Center of France", 24 Months Air-Dried, "Medium Plus," fire toasted, for those lovely, sweet vanilla, spicy, toasty flavors.
We have your premium French oak barrels in stock, and ready to supply to you!
"What Size Barrel Should I Get?" You'll need 3 - 4 times the wine volume, the first year. First year barrels, will oak four (4) times their volume, the first year. At least twice their volume, the second year. Just their volume the third year. (So, with a new 50L/13.2 gallon barrel, you'll need ~50 gallons of wine. Rotate out the oaked volume into glass/stainless, and re-fill with non-oaked wine. DO NOT OVEROAK ANY PART OF THE TOTAL VOLUME! It takes a lot of un-oaked wine to balance out over-oaked wine.
Try not to have barrels empty of wine, at any time! The very best way to keep your barrel sound/bacterial free/oxidation free, is to keep it full of your wine (but, do not over-oak your wine).Top (fill to the bottom of the bung hole) monthly. More often with smaller barrels. Every time that you remove the bung, breaking the vacuum, top-up your barrel!
What if I can't keep my barrel full of wine? Barrels smaller than 110L/30 gallons, will need to be filled with an acid/SO2 solution and topped and treated just like it is full of wine. Unfortunately, you are pouring out all that lovely barrel flavor when emptying the water solution. For more details see "How to Store Empty Barrels", below.
Not enough wine to justify buying a new barrel? Try our Stavin, fire-toasted French oak "beans" and Staves. As close to duplicating a new barrel as is possible.
As a free service we externally prepare your barrels with
Give us one week to prepare your barrel.
Before use, you will need to soak them internally with hot water until watertight.
Last updated 7-21-23
Our next, once a year shipment of "From France Directly to You" barrels has just arrived! Reserve yours, today!
20 Liter/5.3 gallon - $295
30 Liter/7.9 gallon - $365
50 Liter/13.2 gallon - $475
110 Liter/29 gallon - $695
Our shipment of French Oak Barrels arrives "directly from France to you" in late June-early July, each year. If we are out of the size barrel you need, give the shop a call and we can arrange your reservation to ensure that your needs are meet, in the next shipment!
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