Quercus petraea or sessilis:
This species present an important aromatic contribution, although it is less in intensity than the American Oak, it is more complex, elegant and balanced being less marked by coconut notes. it also provides signiﬁcant levels of phenolic acids and ellagic tannins, that allow an important to contribution to the structure of the wine. It occurs mainly in the central and northwest region of France. TN Coopers selects the best forest of the regions of Alliers, Nevers, Vosges and Centre. All our suppliers are certiﬁes under PEFC. ** Selection of forests under availability.
TN Coopers selects the best woods from:
The soil is a thick clay, siliceous and not very fertile. The trees grow very slowly, leading to high, straight trunks when cut down.
The grain is fine, compact and slightly porous with a sweet tannin extraction and lovely aromas.
The extremely vertical growth of the trunks and the regularity and fineness of its grain, lead to the Allier barrels being highly valued in the market.
The most widely known forest of the Allier department. With a surface of around 41 square miles, it shows a tighter, finer grain in its woods. Recommended for wines of prolonged aging periods in oak barrels.
Oak hailing from Nevers, in the center of France, generally has an average grain in comparison with Alliers, but one with an undoubtable quality. The result is a greater extraction of tannins compared to very fine-grained wood and one that requires more aging time to fully integrate with the wine.
This area is close to the northeastern border with Germany, where the weather is cooler and the tree development is slower. It traditionally presents a fine grain.
Located 37 miles away from Paris, in the región of Île-de-France, this forest has an extension of about 8.400 square miles. Its prestige is intimately related to the history of France itself, which makes the wood coming from this forest extremely limited for barrel making. It has been labeled “Exceptional Forest” by the ONF.
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