Barrel sample, cognac style

Domique Touteau, cellar master at Delamain, draws a sample from a 1967 barrel of Cognac. Instead of a pipette, more common in the wine world, he uses a “prouvette.” The prouvette is a glass vial tied to a string that he drops in the barrel. If you listen you can hear the bubbles as it fills up. Unfortunately the only light we had in the cellar was one light bulb. Even thought the video is dark, you can still see the golden color in the glass. And the chalk markings on the outside of the barrel indicate its origin, harvest date and the alcohol strength. No barcodes here…

feedchklt tags: |

pixel

6 Responses to “Barrel sample, cognac style”


  1. Hi Tyler
    I think you mean (une) éprouvette. The image was so dark that I could’n check, but go to Google Image, I think this is it.
    Cheers
    Bertrand


  2. wow… 1967? is that normal age, or is that pretty healthy?? SWEET!!!


  3. Bertrand,

    Merci. I corrected it in the text.

    -Tyler


  4. Tim,

    It’s definitely on the old side. I’ll post more soon on the aging of cognac, vintages etc soon. But generally speaking, the older the better! I had one from 1874–amazing stuff!!!!

    Tyler


  5. Bonjour,
    Sorry but it was “une prouvette”, same roots than proof, it was used to give the proof of the alcohol content.
    Remember also older vintage doesn’t meaning older cognac, a 1874 bottled in 1900, is still today a 26 year old cognac ! Because there is no further aging in the bottle…
    Best regards,
    Charles Braastad-Delamain
    c.braastad @delamain-cognac.com


  6. Charles,
    Thanks for this correction. I’m changing it back in the text! And thanks too for the comment about aging.
    Best,
    Tyler


winepoliticsamz

Wine Maps


Classes

My next NYU wine classes: NYU

Recent Comments

Recent Posts

See my op-eds in the NYT
"Drink Outside the Box"
"Red, White, and Green"

Highlights

Monthly Archives

Categories


Blog posts via email


@drvino








Wine industry jobs

quotes

One of the “fresh voices taking wine journalism in new and important directions.” -World of Fine Wine

“His reporting over the past six months has had seismic consequences, which is a hell of an accomplishment for a blog.” -Forbes.com

"News of such activities, reported last month on a wine blog called Dr. Vino, have captivated wine enthusiasts and triggered a fierce online debate…" The Wall Street Journal

"...well-written, well-researched, calm and, dare we use the word, sober." -Dorothy Gaiter & John Brecher, WSJ

jbf07James Beard Foundation awards

Saveur, best drinks blog, finalist 2012.

Winner, Best Wine Blog

One of the "seven best wine blogs." Food & Wine,

One of the three best wine blogs, Fast Company

See more media...

ayow150buy

Wine books on Amazon: