Yesterday we received our shipment of barrels from Chassin. We will be using 0% new oak for all appellations, Le Chambertin included. For the most part, these are barrels which housed reds from 2008 and 2007. They are in excellent condition, clean, sulphured and ready to be filled. Getting the barrels down the stairs wasn’t too difficult. I just took my time, placed the barrels on their heads (ends) and shimmied them down. Lifting the five up top for the second row was a bit more interesting. The weight wasn’t that bad. But, centering the bung holes in the proper position required a great deal of back and forth. All things considered, I was having a lot of fun. Whenever a delivery such as this happens, I can’t wait to get to work and have everything in place. With these barrels in place, all 21 of them (doubled 2009 production!!), it just feels so much more substantial.
Starting on Wednesday, we will begin pressing. We won’t use any pumps. We will have a hose going straight from the tanks, leading downstairs into the cave and filling the barrels using gravity. We will also have a hose that is coming from the press juice collection bin leading straight into the cave. This is going to be a fun we ahead!