Toasting a barrel with fire on the inside tonnellerie claude gillet saint romain cote de beaune burgundy france

Claude Gillet Tonnellerie Cooperage, Saint Romain, Côte de Beaune, Burgundy, stock photography samples, by Per Karlsson, BKWine.

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The Tonnellerie Claude Gillet cooperage in Saint Romain (Côte de Beaune, Côte d’Or, Burgundy) was founded in 1966 and is still very much family owned and operated. It is one of the smaller barrel makers but their barrels can be found in wineries all over the world.

Tonnellerie Claude Gilet cooper has a wide range of products. The barrels are virtually all made from oak and can be had in many different sizes: The traditional Burgundy pièce of 228 litres, the Bordeaux barrique barrel of 225 l, demi-muids of 600 litres as well as many other sizes.

The wood raw material (oak staves, douelles) is aged over an extended period of time outside – up to three years. The staves are cut and shaped into the oblong forms by a machine but the barrel is then put together by hand. An important part of the process is the ‘chauffe’ or the toasting of the inside. The interior of the barrel is toasted (burned) by an open fire. Depending on the length of the toasting the chauffe is light (légère), medium (moyenne), medium plus (M+), or strong (forte).

The oak vats from Claude Gillet are sold to wineries and winemakers all over the world who use them to age their wines for a short or long period of time in their wine cellars.

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Bourgogne Saint Romain Claude Gillet Tonnellerie Cooper – stock photo samples – Images by Per Karlsson

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