BERTRANGES – DENSE, TIGHT GRAIN
Superb tannins, purity, precision.
Bertranges is a single continuous swathe of forest covering 8000 hectares in the region of Nevers. Unlike the other forests of Nevers, Bertranges contains mainly Petraea oaks, which in the region’s favourable conditions grow tightly and with a dense grain. The Bertranges terroir is different from the rest of the Nevers. The trees grow more slowly, giving beautifully subtle tannins. Purity and precision are the principal characteristics of Bertranges oak.
TRONÇAIS – EXTRA FINE GRAIN
Subtle oaky aromas, precise structure, powerful tannins, long ageing.
Tronçais is a single block of forest covering 10,500 hectares in the Allier region. Tronçais is renowned not only for the quality of its oaks but also for its history. It was one of the numerous expanses of forest (like Bertranges) that were planted in the 17th century under the orders of Colbert (a minister of Louis XIV) to supply the oak necessary for the construction of the French naval fleet. The variety of oak here is principally Quercus Robur. The oaks of Tronçais are exceptionally tall due to the deep rich loamy soils and excellent growing conditions (the climate has a significant oceanic influence). They grow very high and straight, with little lateral expansion, which results in particularly tight grain. The principal characteristics of Tronçais are the subtlety of its aromas and its very precise structure. The tannins in Tronçais oak are more abundant compared to other French forests, meaning that wine requires a longer period in barrel to attain their full integration.