Adding color and aromas
For spirits and brandies, time and patience are the key to perfect aging, the slow result of a harmonious exchange between the wood, the liquid and the air. It is during this basic stage of aging in barrel that a spirit gains in color and becomes rich in aromas. The cooper’s know-how and the rigorous selection of the wood, bring out the best in your products.
Our cooperage is situated in Jonzac, in the heart of the cognac vineyard. We have always specialized in the making of barrels for spirits and our strength comes from being in the right place. Our signature as Charentais master cooper is recognized the world over. Today our customers include the main Cognac houses and we are present on the main spirits markets: Cognac, Armagnac, Grappa, Brandy …
A quality of wood adapted to spirits
For barrels to be used for aging spirits, we use mainly oak coming from the finest Limousin forests and from the Center of France. The selection of the wood is essential in order to bring the right amber color and bouquet to your brandies.
The quality of these so called “wide grain” woods is recognized as being ideal and traditionally used for brandies. Being less porous, they allow for controlled oxidation and limit evaporation, which is referred to here as “the angels’ share”.
We also offer a range of “fine grain” barrels which result in a richer range of aromas but less tannins. This selection gives a different but interesting result: a brandy which has more complex aromas, but with a more golden rather than amber color.
With our expertise in the area of toasting for barrels for the aging of spirits, adapted to the requirements of our French and overseas customers, we can offer three types of toast :
- The Spirit Heavy toast rapidly brings an amber color, aromas of mocha, licorice, roasted almonds, and subtle notes of vanilla.
- The Spirit Medium and Medium Plus toasts give less color and more complex vanilla aromas which will express themselves more over time. They are suited to a longer aging period.
- Spirit Pure toast brings even less color and enriches the spirits with delicate oak notes, spices and lactones.
Our barrels are available in several sizes: 300 liters, 350 liters, 400 liters, 500 liters.