Tonnellerie (that’s a cooper’s workplace to me and you (and a barrel maker to him))

After lunch back at the college we headed to Dargault & Jaegle, the large local barrel maker. This trip made a welcome change from yet another tasting, despite our growing love for the local wine. Katerina lectured us on how carefully their wood was selected and seasoned (outside for up to 3 years). The expense of the barrels is explained largely by wood input costs: with a cubic meter of wood (making 9-10 barrels) costing EUR3200-3500, the cost of raw materials per barrel is around EUR350.

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More impressive for us was the processing which started with fashioning staves into subtle shapes by huge computer controlled machines. Then a wide array of large, powerful and complex machines ably assisted by a horde of coopers turns these staves and some metal bands into beautiful and functionally perfect barrels of varying types depending on the client’s demand.

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One Response to Tonnellerie (that’s a cooper’s workplace to me and you (and a barrel maker to him))

  1. Matthew Hudson says:

    Fabulous blog, I did this tour in 09 (glad I didn’t check the pillows) and loved visits, the tonnellerie was amazing, hosts very hospitable.

    Hope you had a great time, make sure Dom knows about this blog, he’ll be chuffed.

    He’s over in wine fair week BTW

    Cheers

    M

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