Wine Doctor 072110 Barrique
A “barrique” is the most famous wine barrel in the world. It’s considered the “cadillac” of barrels. Originating and still used to age wine in Bordeaux, it is now used by producers around the world. This 226 liter barrel seems to be the perfect size for aging wine, providing just the right volume and ratio of wood to wine. It also provides just the right influence of oak. Cost can vary depending on the barrel’s producer and where the oak is from. A new American barrique might cost around $300-$400. An Eastern European counterpart perhaps twice that, and French, considered the best, well over $1,000! So if you’re a commercial winemaker, you’re probably well advised to utilize a barrique or two.