One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A wine barrel, especially a small one made of new oak in which Bordeaux and other wines are aged.
- ‘It was aged for 22 months in barriques of various French oaks.’
- ‘The rush was on and the salesmen of French oak barriques (224-liter oak barrels) got rich.’
- ‘It is 100 per cent Barbera, and aged in new French barriques rather than the more traditional larger barrels.’
- ‘The vineyards southern exposure allows the grapes to attain a complexity, which is tempered by 14 months of ageing in 225-liter barriques.’
- ‘Large, clean old oak barrels yield little or no oaky flavour, while small, cedary 225-litre Bordeaux barriques produce the most.’
Late 18th century: French.
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