Champagne de France has appointed Gael Chaunut as its new head of barrels, the only in-house barrel maker in the appellation.
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Chaunut, who officially assumes his new role on December 1, 2020, will succeed Denis Saint Arroman, who has been training Chaunut"s skills in the months leading up to his departure.
Chaunut trained with Compagnons du Devoir to qualify as a barrel maker and even to make his own barrel making tools. In addition, he volunteered to join the local fire department.
He says:I am particularly pleased to be joining this wonderful Champagne house, where wood winemaking has always been one of the most fundamental pillars in terms of tasting.
In the Champagne region, Champagne de la Château is one of the few châteaux that still uses wood extensively in the winemaking process, although this only applies to wines from its First Growths and Grand Crus.
Nevertheless, these wines, aged in wood, are used to make all of the vintage and non-vintage Champagnes of Château Limoncelle and to complement the large bottles of Reserve wines.