Barrel Types: Spain

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Oxford Companion to Wine

Oxford Companion to Wine

By Jancis Robinson

Published 2006

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Spain’s most characteristic barrel is the butt used for sherry. The American oak barrels used in rioja, and elsewhere, are 225-l/60 gal barricas bordelesas modelled on Bordeaux barriques. Spanish cooperage can vary considerably in size and shape, however, and new wood has only relatively recently been prized.