vigneron terminology en français


A barrique, a term originating in Bordeaux, refers to the specific size and shape of a French oak barrel, typically holding 225 litres of wine. The barrique influences not only the flavour, but the texture of the wine. Newer barriques impart delicious vanilla and spice flavours to wines, and add uniquely textured tannins, building the wine’s complexity. Barrels also provide small amounts of oxygen to soften and stabilize the wine.

Dense and powerful wines, such as those in our Tradition series, benefit most from extended time in oak barrels. Some of our Vig reds also see time in barrel. However, wines whose style is based on the freshness of their fruit character are kept in stainless steel tanks instead of barriques, so that they retain their vibrancy and juiciness.


Thank you for supporting our vigneron family, season after season.
Avec gratitude et amour de notre famille à la vôtre, 
Pénélope and Dylan
Vignerons, Roche Wines