Perle de Quintessence
This barrel’s unique shape and technical specifications were carefully designed and crafted in creative collaboration with a Grand Cru Classé in St. Emilion, where it was trialed over two vintages. Our quest: to develop a premium barrel featuring an easily removable chapeau (lid) and ideal silhouette for fermentation.
An easily removable lid with a hermetic seal eliminates the need for any alterations to the barrel before, during or after fermentation. Meanwhile, the teardrop pearl shape ensures the pomace is located at the most conical and narrow section of the barrel. During pump-overs, the fermenting must passes through a larger volume of pomace, promoting pomace/juice exchanges.
An extended pre-toast makes the staves even more pliable than a traditional pre-toast, allowing us to create the barrel’s unique shape. Our master coopers then employ the special Perle toast, which is designed for early integration with wine and an elegant sensory result.
When desired, gas pressure can be applied during fermentation to maximize the compression of the cap with the juice, thus requiring less mechanical intervention.
Perle de Quintessence is our exquisite teardrop pearl: a truncated oval-shaped barrel designed for wine fermentation. This barrel offers an elegant touch well suited to premium wine programs.
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