DAMY BARREL STATS - PRICE LISTS
Tonnellerie Damy is a third generation cooperage in Meursault, which is
managed by Jerome Damy. Jacques Damy, Jerome's father, is Administrator of
Les Tonnelleries de Bourgogne, which oversees the operations of Tonnellerie
Damy and Tonnellerie Billon.
Damy might be synonymous with Chardonnay and Pinot Noir in Burgundy, and is certainly playing a great part in Australia and New Zealand with those varietals. Damy has a stunning ability to soft en tannins giving a sweet, rounded impression. It adds structure and weight to the wine without imparting overt woody, coconut notes. The typical aromatic descriptor for the Damy barrel with white wine is crème brûle and toasted nuts, while for red wine a hedonistic chocolate note permeates the palate.
Damy and Billon work very closely with winemakers to improve how the barrels and the wine interact. In this context, Damy has developed a Long Toast for wines that mature in barrel for over a year. Technically the barrels are left on embers for a long time during the toasting stage, achieving a deeper penetration of the heat into the staves. This requires more frequent rotation of the barrels than with the standard toasting to achieve an even toast. As a result the barrels have a more subtle expression of the style Damy is well known for and a more elegant structure. We particularly recommend the Long Toast for Chardonnay where a more restrained barrel contribution is required.
Recommended varietals for use with these barrels:
- Chardonnay and other barrel-fermented whites such as Viognier and Sauvignon Blanc
- Pinot Noir, Shiraz and other reds, particularly when a round, creamy texture is desired