FRANCOIS FRERES is the largest cooperage in Burgundy. Its reputation for consistency comes from stringently managed wood stocks and scrupulous attention to detail in the coopering process. The perfect natural complement to Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Syrah and barrel fermented Sauvignon Blanc.
As you view the products and ahead of ordering, there are 3 considerations to be aware of.
First, your wood seasoning time of 'standard' or 3 years. If this is your first time using FF, it's worth comparing both. 3 year will be less textural.
Then think about the grain selection most suited to your wine's character and intended length of time in barrel.The tighter the grain, the more palate length and structure achieved. For maturation less than 10 months, we suggest comparing Medium Tight and Tight Grain.
Lastly, choose the appropriate toast level to enhance aroma and palate. Expect nuances of lifted cherry to Black Doris fruit, dark chocolate and spice characters with reds, creaminess, nuttiness and baking spice in whites.
You will also see the 'XXV' and 'BB' barrels, which have unique profiles. For more detail, view their individual Product Descriptions.