BILLON BARREL STATS - PRICE LISTS
Tonnellerie Billon is managed by Vincent Damy who oversees 20 coopers and and an annual production of just over 12,000 barrels. Billon also owns and manages a small stave mill located on the outskirts of Beaune. Jacques Damy, Vincent's father, is administrator of Les Tonnelleries de Bourgogne which oversees Tonnellerie Billon's and Tonnellerie Damy's operations.
Billon (and Damy) barrels have received the CTB (Centre Technique du Bois) stamp of approval, which guarantees to wineries and consumers around the world that these barrels meet the highest standards of quality in the industry. Of the more than 40 cooperages in France, only eight cooperages have been certified by CTB.
Tonnellerie Billon barrels have traditionally been very popular with Pinot Noir, and are now being used more extensively with Côtes du Rhône blends, Bordeaux blends, and with Chardonnay. Billon barrels are renown for offering tremendous length to the palate, while contributing baked spice characteristics that are complimentary to individual varietals. They perform well where oak needs to play a supporting role to the fruit, promoting primary characters while giving support in lengthening the wine.
Tonnellerie Billon also specializes in crafting puncheons and casks, which are becoming increasingly popular for use in fermentation, providing what many Winemakers feel is a more seamless integration between wine and wood. These products range from a 300, 350, 400, 450 and 500 Liter puncheon to the larger format 600, 700, and 860 Liter casks, each with the option of a stainless steel hatch, draining valve and galvanized steel rack with rollers.
In May of 2000, Tonnellerie Billon moved into a newly refurbished, larger cooperage on the outskirts of Beaune. These more spacious quarters permit an increased production capacity while fine-tuning the quality of their barrels.
Vincent Damy has recently commissioned a new computerized sanding machine from Monnot in Meursault. This will ensure that the Billon barrels look beautiful with a seamless finish.
French Acacia Wood — Tonnellerie Billon now offers barrels fabricated with seasoned French Acacia wood from the Jura and Burgundy regions.
Compared to French oak, French Acacia is characterized by a softer, subtler wood expression, which to many Winemakers seems to preserve the typical characteristics of the base wine in terms of fresh fruit and floral notes.
"Respects the fruit," "subtle wood expressions," "made more floral," and "notes of exotic fruits and flowers" are just a few of the comments made by French Winemakers using French Acacia barrels.
Billon recommends a Light Long Toast on this barrel, which will lend some very interesting, yet subtle expressions to many of the new whites and white blends that are growing in popularity with the American palate (Pinot Grigio, Viognier, Semillon, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, etc.). At a lower per barrel cost than French oak, French Acacia from Billon is a tremendous value.
For 2014, Billon Acacia barrels are now available with 4-year seasoned French oak heads for an extra 25 euros.
Recommended varietals for use with these barrels:
- Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio
- Barbera, Merlot, Nebbiolo, Pinot Noir, Sangiovese, Syrah