The barrels

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Barrel range from 225l to 600l

In haute couture, a dress can only be perfect if it corresponds exactly to the measurements of the woman who is going to wear it : in the same way, in barrel making, the ideal barrel is the one that will fit the wine you are aiming to create.

A wood with a more or less tight grain, more or less rich in tannins (Oakscan®), a toast more or less intense, are going to intervene in different ways during the aging of a wine both in tannic contribution, structure and in the development of oak aromas.

Radoux workshops propose to define the best configuration with you, depending on your requirements :

  • Several thicknesses of staves
  • Four types of grain
  • Twelve toasting options
  • Several personalization criteria

Barriques Radoux

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Super Fine Blend, the perfect harmony between wood and wine

With the development in the 1990s of its Blend and X-Blend line, Tonnellerie Radoux has introduced the barrel into the world of luxury.

It is its search for perfection that led Radoux to create the Blend barrel. It has long been the solution to the toughest oenological challenges thanks to its severe selection and production process.

Only perfect staves coming from the finest French oak with extremely tight grain (less than 1.5mm) are used to make this barrel. At each stage of the process, the barrels are closely examined and immediately rejected if any fault is detected in order to achieve impeccable quality.

Perfect harmony between the wood and the wine

Wood which meets these demanding criteria is rare and a specific purchasing policy is applied in the finest forests: the Blend barrel is therefore produced in strictly limited quantities, depending on the availability of the raw material. This is what makes it the most sought after barrel, a worldwide choice among the most prestigious wines.

The Blend barrel has a high aromatic potential, with a very slow extraction, and represents a real quality investment for the Cellar Master. It is recommended for wines which are to be aged over long periods and can reveal its potential over several vinification cycles.

The extreme tightness of its grain gives the wine maximum aromatic complexity, progressively released during aging, for a delicate contribution of structure, with fine and supple tannins.

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It is the perfect symbol of harmony between the wood and the wine and is the most beautiful vessel to bring the best wines the world over to full maturity.
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Extra Fine X-Blend, state-of-the-art selection by grain

Sold all over the globe, the Blend and X-Blend barrels are the perfect luxury containers for the greatest wines in the world.

Barrique X-Blend

Radoux takes its desire for perfection to an even higher level by employing all its Meilleurs Ouvriers de France to create the X-Blend, an ultra premium barrel meant for the best wines of the world.

The X-Blend barrel is Tonnellerie Radoux’s great pride, and is the symbol of the perfect harmony between wine and wood. It is the ultimately rare product, which generously releases its richness, complexity and finesse over long periods of aging.

X-Blend is a Work of Art, a combination of patience, savoir faire and absolute precision. Its ambition is to take the most noble of the world’s wines to their highest level.

Extreme tightness of grain

With millimeter precision, each stave is individually inspected with utmost care before being selected. The extreme tightness of the grain guarantees a great aromatic complexity. There is no room for compromise here, and only a few rare dozens of numbered barrels come out of Radoux workshops.

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Omega

La nouvelle barrique Omega de Radoux est l’aboutissement d’années de recherches orientées vers une meilleure connaissance du bois, de la chauffe et de ses interactions avec le vin. Elle réunit tous les savoir-faire des équipes de recherche et de production de Radoux qui, pour sa conception, se sont entourées de spécialistes de l’œnologie, consultants renommés, directeurs techniques, winemakers internationaux….

Un grand soin dans la sélection de la matière première et une maturation naturelle de plus de trois ans

Les chênes proviennent d’un subtil assemblage des plus prestigieuses forêts françaises. Les merrains sont naturellement séchés à l’air libre pendant trois ans et seules les douelles en grain fin sont sélectionnées.

Omega bénéficie du savoir-faire OakScan®, innovation Radoux permettant le tri instantané des douelles en fonction de leur indice polyphénolique. Ce procédé permet ainsi d’affiner la sélection des bois et de privilégier les choix d’indices polyphénoliques modérés afin d’atteindre un parfait équilibre de potentiel des bois (ni trop riches, ni trop faibles en tannins et en lactones). Grâce à l'association d'OakScan® et d'une maturation de plus de trois ans, Radoux est en mesure de garantir une teneur en ellagitannins homogène et d’optimiser l’adéquation des bois utilisés avec les objectifs œnologiques recherchés.

La chauffe Pure : une cuisson spécialement adaptée

Pour la barrique Omega, Radoux a développé une chauffe spécifique, destinée à favoriser la liaison entre les tannins du bois et ceux du vin. Avec la chauffe Pure, seule la première phase de chauffe est réalisée, à basse température et en profondeur. Une cuisson douce et longue qui permet de conserver le pouvoir sucrant des bois et de gagner en volume et en qualité de texture grâce à une action thermique sur des tannins longuement maturés. La matière première est ainsi parfaitement respectée et le vin magnifié.

Respect du fruit et de la typicité

En dégustation, la barrique Omega apporte une belle mise en valeur du fruit, un équilibre entre rondeur, volume, tension et longueur en bouche. Les tannins sont enrobés, exprimant fraicheur, élégance et finesse. La complexité des arômes fait la part belle à l’expression du fruit dans le respect de ses origines.

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Spirits & brandies

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.

Toasting range

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 :

  • Our “heavy” toast for spirit barrels, which rapidly gives an amber color, aromas of vanilla, mocha, roasted almonds. This is the ideal toast for quick turnover spirits.
  • Our Medium and Medium+ toasts for spirit barrels, which gives a less marked color, more vanilla, more complex aromas which will express themselves more with time. This is more suited to slow turnover spirits.


Our barrels are available in several sizes: 300 liters, 350 liters, 400 liters, 500 liters.

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Victoria

VICTORIA is the historic brand of the Radoux group specialized in the manufacture of American oak barrels. It has established itself as the European leader in its market segment thanks to the quality of its products. It carries out a strict selection of batches of white oak in Missouri, the region renowned for the quality of its forest in the USA, and a maturation of 2 years (3 years only upon reservation).

Victoria specializes in the manufacture of 225 liter and 300 liter barrels, and offers a wide range of specific toasts. Fully integrated into the Radoux group, it benefits from the latter’s savoir faire and has made its mark through the very high quality of its products and services. Its philosophy: “Guaranteeing customer satisfaction” can be seen through every phase, from the oenological choices up to the final tasting in the cellars, and the various stages of production and logistics.

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