Film on barrel making
About the film
● Drying the “merrains”
● Making the heads
● Assembling the staves
● Warm-up (“chauffe”) and shaping (“cintrage”)
The wood is moistened regularly as it is subjected to the fire, softening the staves.
During this warm-up period, a hoop placed at the base of the cask is progressively tightened so that the staves come together, ultimately joining without the need for glue or nails.
The intensity of toasting (“bousinage”) greatly influences the characteristics of the eaux-de-vie. The smell of bousinage evokes that of freshly baked baguettes.
● Bung hole
● Fitting the heads
● Testing for leaks
After the last finishing touches, the cask is tested for solidity and injected with boiling water to reveal any leaks.