Barrel ageing

Barrel ageing here, at Domaine Prieuré Roch, is quite simple. The wine is put in barrels a little before October-November, once fermentation has finished. the wine stays there, 18 months for young vines and 'villages', up to 24 months for the 'grands crus'. We are obliged to limit ageing to 24 months... as our cellars are not capacious enough to age two vintages at the same time. For several years we have tried ageing 3 years, 4 years, and four and 1/2 years, in one or two barrels only, because our space is limited. but our long term idea is to develop ageing for longer, This is historically the norm in Burgundy. We will have to find a little more space... and a little more time for longer ageing of our wines.