This is certainly the most challenging step in the process of achieving purity in the wine, because once it is in wood, we are trying to achieve the transformation of a product already crafted by Man.
Hence why the previous operations are so important. Because as we gradually get to understand how the wine is evolving, we are able to refine our choices with regard to the containers in which it will be optimally aged. These choices concern the type and origin of wood used to make the barrels, the proportion of barrels and clay vessels to be used, the length of ageing, etc. They require crucial decisions to be made amongst a wide range of options. Each batch is aged separately, because it is unique, the idea being that it will eventually be used in the final blend, like a piece meticulously fashioned to make up a mosaic that is essential for the beauty and balance of the finished work.
The objective is to safeguard the balances, while preserving and enhancing the many layers of flavour and the bouquet of aromas.