These specimens are transferred to cooperages that must compulsory have a drying park where the wood extracted from the tree fulfils a tanning process and the aromas increase. This process must last for at least 28 long months to achieve the organoleptic objectives set by the winery.
Pioneers in the treatment of oak
The experience in the sector of the cooperage of Alejandro Simó, first in the area of production of Radoux-Victoria and later as co-founder of “Tonelería Quercus”, allows us to execute a pioneering system in the management of our barrel room.
At Bodegas Luis Alegre we approach the process from the absolute beginning and birth of the barrel. We travel to France, always to the forest of Bertranges (Nevers) and Vosges. Then, we select the specimens that due to their characteristics fit with our requirements (forest of origin, minimum age of 180 years so that there is a perfect aromatic generation and there is not any alteration of the wood caused by fungi, knots, etc).
In this period of time, the selected woods are analysed (as in the case of the grapes during their follow-up of final maturation in the vineyard) to determine the moment in which the barrel is manufactured taking into account the type of wine that we are going to raise.