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Tonneau

French name for ton or barrel, from which there is also the international name today tonnellerie (Cooperative). In the Middle Ages, Tonneau was a frequently used type of barrel with a volume of 900 liters in France, which is mentioned in many old writings in connection with wine. It corresponded to the English To do (Volume). Tonneau was also a ship's size, comparable to today's gross register tons. The barrel was too big for shipping, so it was split into two Douils 450 liters or four Oxhofts divided into 225 liters each. Today Tonneau (in the Médoc too charge ) mostly used as a unit of measurement, this also corresponds to 100 crates or 1,200 bottles of wine. However, there are barrel producers who produce barrels of various sizes under this name. In the picture on the left is a tonne barrel with a volume of 500 l and compared to it oak barrels displayed. See also under drum types and capacity measures,

Tonneau barrel (500 l) and barrique barrel (225 l)

Picture: Mittelberger

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