This barrel was discovered during our research into the maturation of white wines. It naturally followed on from and complemented the Assemblage B.
Finding the right balance for this profile change required a different approach. I ended up having to increase the toasting time for much longer than expected. I would even say that despite over 3 hours’ toasting time, the Selmer B (B for ‘Blanc’ in French) paradoxically succeeded in maintaining a fresh embedded salinity for white wines!
The Selmer was of course intended for red wines, hence The Selmer R (R for Red). Thanks to a much deeper toasting process, it often offers a floral character combined with plenty of tension and a sapid finish.
A version designed for very delicate red wines has recently been added to the range: The Selmer S (S for Special).