SEGUIN MOREAU introduced the Eastern European oak barrel in 2000, four years after our Russian oak barrel. The sessile oak comes from hillside forests in Romania, Slovakia and Hungary.
Eastern European oak is also a reference to the past—up until World War I, Bordeaux châteaux would use rough staves from Eastern Europe, as there was not enough availability of oak wood from France.
This barrel gives structure to the wine gently, developing the fruit and the restrained aromas of the wine, while contributing tannins more rapidly than other barrels.
It is especially suited for Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, and highly aromatic grape varieties that require structure, such as Syrah and Grenache.