Burgundian micro-négoce Dominique Laurent has his own tiny cooperage producing some of the world’s highest quality and most distinctive barrels. Crafted from long-seasoned, tight-grained and thick-staved Tronçais wood of the highest class, the quality is such that renowned French wine critic, Michel Bettane, once nicknamed them “Magic Casks”. This name has stuck and become the official name of one line of Laurent barrels—the original version he still produces.

Today, the Dominique Laurent cooperage makes six types of barrels. Last year saw the addition of a new cask, called Special Fine Grain Nevers which Laurent has anointed as his ‘baby Magic’. This year, Laurent took the unexpected offer of a parcel of traditionally cut staves from the Tronçais which he has called Special Fine Grain Allier.

This artisanal tonnellerie only produces between 500 and 1,000 barrels each year, including what may well be the only 100% guaranteed old-growth Tronçais barrique on the market, sourced from ancient trees in France’s most revered oak forest, the Forêt de Tronçais.

These are very special casks made for very special wines. More information can be found here.

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