FRANCOIS FRERES is the largest cooperage in Burgundy. Its world-wide sucess is due to stringently managed wood stocks and scrupulous attention to detail throughout the coopering process. A natural complement to Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Syrah, barrel fermented Sauvignon Blanc and more recently, Merlot and sometimes Cabernet.
Beginners guide to ordering...consider these 3 things:
The wood seasoning options of 'standard' or 3 years (length of time weathering ahead of manufacture). If this is your first time using FF, it's worth comparing both. 3 year will be less textural (lower tannins) and possibly integrate sooner.
The grain selection and your aspirations. The tighter the grain, the more 'structure' will be added to the wine and palate extended. For maturation less than one year, or for obvious oak expression, we suggest comparing Medium Tight and Tight Grain. 'Medium' grain has a serious following with Kiwi Chardonnay producers.
Choice of toast level to enhance aroma and palate. As you increase the toast level, expect nuances of lifted cherry to Black Doris fruit, dark chocolate and spice characters in reds, creaminess, nuttiness and baking spices in whites. Tannin level will also increase with toast level.
You will also see the 'XXV' and 'BB' barrels, which have unique profiles. For more detail, view their individual Product Descriptions.