MERCUREY TOASTING PROFILES
Our house toast – A medium flame and regular water treatment gives a toast penetration of 3-5 mm and a toasted bread colour to the wood. This helps to produce wines of character, body and a supple round, fleshy mouth feel. Aromas of chocolate, coffee and vanilla are common. (Also available in M- and M+)
~ST: SPECIAL TOAST~
Frequent water combined with a medium name ensures a gentle light brown toasting that penetrates into the wood 6- 7mm. This long toast reflects the aromatic and structural profile of the barrel adding elegance, length, and minerality to the wine. Floral and fruit aromatics are accentuated and framed without wood dominance.
~GC: GRAND CRU~
Regular water treatment combined with an extended firing at higher temperatures creates our most impactful, deepest toast (7-8mm). This coffee coloured toast adds richness and structure to a wine. The barrel supports the wine, building body and length. The Grand cru is our ‘umami toast.
~CLL: CHAUFFE LIGHT LONG~
At the opposite end of the spectrum to the GC, the CLL is delicately toasted over a low flame of oak embers. Its honey coloured profile penetrates 3-5mm, thus requiring a long slow toast. This, our lightest toast, has minimal aromatic impact on the wine but adds a freshness and suppleness, which imparts to the wine brilliance and luminosity. Our experience is that this toast needs at least 12 months to fully integrate into the wine. The CLL toast is only offered with 36 month air-dried “Selection Nicolas” oak.