An extremely high quality new French Oak Barrel. It is made of a blend of Center-France Oak and toasted medium-long to give a softer quality to the flavor. Staves for this barrel, once harvested, were air-dried for 24 months, lending an elegant complexity and aromatic richness to the finish of the barreled wine.
These barrels feature a Medium Long (ML) toast similar to that of the Saint-Martin barrel, which allows for longer contact time in a small barrel format. The barrels are fire bent, and the heads are not toasted.