Toasting process

The cooper’s signature

The aromatic toast is an essential phase in the manufacture of great quality barrels. It is crucial that this stage be fully controlled in order to obtain a harmonious development of the aromas and preserve the contribution of good texture or sweetness.

Depending on the length of the bousinage, toasting can be Light, Medium, Medium+ or Heavy. Each level of intensity gives the wood a different chemical profile, which then enhances the various aromas of toasting, spices, vanilla or coconut.

 

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A palette of toasts

On top of the various levels of toast, Radoux Cooperage has fine-tuned specific techniques and can offer four distinct ranges: Classique, Evolution, Révélation and Intégration.

These original toasts have been studied so that depending on the grape variety, the length of aging and the selection of the wood, they bring either a discreet or more marked oak flavor and a tannic contribution which will round off or bring structure to your wines. Combined with the various levels of toast, they offer a wide range of toasts for red and white wines.

 

Classique
toast

Aromatic complexity
and structure

The range of Classique toasts is particularly suited to wines which are aged for long periods, presenting moderate to intense aromatic contribution, reinforcing the tannic structure and the persistence of the wine.

The Classique toast, adapted to red or white wine, is available in three levels of intensity: Medium, Medium+ and Heavy.

Evolution toast

Balance and roundness

In order to satisfy the growing trend amongst consumers to drink young, fruity wines with smooth tannins, Radoux perfected the Evolution toast, by lowering the temperature and lengthening the
« bousinage » with a
« re-cooking » phase, thus revealing aromas which guarantee a perfect balance between the wood and the wine, resulting in smooth tannins and sweetness.

The Evolution toast, adapted to red or white wines, is available with three levels: Light, Medium and Medium+.

Révélation
toast

Purity of the fruit and fullness

To obtain the purest expression of fruit, Radoux’s R&D department created the
« Révélation » toast. It is particularly well adapted to structured wines and expresses itself more effectively when used in aging on fine lees.

Available only for red wines, with one level of toast: Light.

Intégration
toast

Integration of the oak, finesse

Using the same technology as Révélation, the Intégration toast was specially created for grape varieties which are sensitive to intense contribution of oak, such as Pinot Noir. On the nose it is lightly toasted, the tannins integrating perfectly in the first months of aging.

Available only for red wine with one level of toast: Medium.