Lanson has started using oak vats to improve the quality of its future Brut NV Champagne, according to the brand’s new cellar master, Hervé Danton.
An oak bottle which promises to replicate the effects of ageing wine in barrels at home has been launched on crowdfunding website Kickstarter.
Concha y Toro winemaker Marcelo Papa is keen to go back to the style of wines made by the company in the ‘70s by picking earlier and using less oak.
Complexity or a car crash? The use of oak when vinifying Sauvignon Blanc proved one of the most contentious areas of discussion in The Drinks Business Sauvignon Blanc Masters.
Scientists have developed “genotyping technology” capable of identifying different oak species to ensure barrels match their stated origin.
Chilean wine producer De Martino is trialling wooden maturation vessels made from the country’s native tree, the raulí beech.
Bodegas Tobía is seeking to create a “new type of Rioja” by looking beyond oak to explore the impact of different types of wood on the region’s white grape varieties.
Philipponnat has redesigned the label of its Royal Réserve Brut to reflect the Champagne’s improved quality and provide a link to its past appearance.
Lanson is to trial wood casks for fermenting and ageing its wines from this year’s harvest, after the successful use of oak for its soon to be released Clos Lanson single vineyard Champagne.
The chief winemaker at Château Montelena has spoken out against American winemakers’ overuse of new oak, saying it “kills” the flavour.
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