Oak from Allier and Tronçais forests, with a very closed physical structure (selection of very fine grain). It is the most recommended oak for reds and whites of great quality, and it enriches the wines during a slow aging respecting the varietal and offering a very persistent and elegant bouquet.
Tronçais (tron-say) is a famous subsection of the Allier forest, with deep, fertile soils producing trees of great size with often the tightest grain, so it’s a favorite of winemakers looking for slower extraction and more finesse on the palate
AUVERGNE Départements: Allier, Cantal, Haute-Loire, Puy-de-Dôme Principal cities: Clermont-Ferrand, Le-Puy-en-Velay, Riom, Vichy Geography: the mountains of the Massif Central, with dense forests, emerald expanses of extinct volcanoes and volcanic lakes. Oak from the forest of Tronçais is famed for wine and Cognac barrels. Châteaux: Most Auvergne châteaux are magnificent medieval fortress castles. Among the best: Anjony, Busséol, Lespinasse, Villeneuve, La Palice