Le Cache Vault 3100, Wine Cabinet Classic Cherry #881
We also offer an extended warranty with enhanced coverage for our wine cabinets and cooling units.
COOLING UNIT OVERVIEW
All wine cabinets from Le Cache come with a choice of 3 CellarPro cooling units included in the price of the wine cabinet. The 3 CellarPro cooling units are sized exactly alike, and therefore they are interchangeable. However, the 3 cooling units differ in terms of their BTUH cooling output and the level of noise that they produce. Each of the 3 cooling units is discussed below.
For more information about sizing the best cooling unit for your cabinet, refer to our Cooling Unit Buying Guide for Wine Cabinets.
The 1800QTL is our quietest cooling unit, and is designed exclusively for residential use in a temperature-controlled environment. The 1800QTL is appropriate for all credenzas, Model 1400 and Model 2400 wine cabinets. It also can be used in larger Model 3100, Model 3800 and Model 5200 wine cabinets, provided that the desired cellar temperature is closer to 60°F than 55°F.
This unit should not be used in ducted applications, or paired with our front duct hood.
Key Stats: 1065 BTUH at 55°F, 41 dbA installed in a cabinet.
The 1800QT cooling unit is approximately 30% more powerful and 4 decibels louder than the 1800QTL cooling unit. It is designed for residential use in a temperature-controlled environment. The 1800QT easily can maintain 55F in our largest wine cabinets.
This unit can be used with our front duct hood.
Key Stats: 1380 BTUH at 55°F, 45 dbA installed in a cabinet.
The 1800XT is approximately 5% more powerful and 3 decibels louder than the 1800QT cooling unit, because it uses more powerful fans. As a result, the 1800XT is ideally suited for garage environments (with temperatures ranging from 40°F to 95°F), commercial environments (where the cellar is frequently accessed) and installations with our front-duct hood..
Key Stats: 1456 BTUH at 55°F, 48 dbA installed in a cabinet.
CellarPro 1800XTS cooling units, approximately 30% more powerful than 1800XT cooling units, also can be used inside BILD wine cabinets for an additional charge of $200. Please call us at 707.794.8000 for more information and/or to order.
- Premium Cherry wood veneer
- Insulated wood doors
- Stainless bar pulls and security locks
- Furniture trim on doors and sides
- Foil-backed polyisocyanurate insulation
- CellarPro wine cooling unit (made in USA)
- Electronic Thermostat and Digital Display
- Adjustable Humidity Control
- Energy-Saver and Quick-Chill Modes
- Audible and Visual Alarms
- SB/0™ Technology - Flush against the Wall
- Top-vent exhaust
- High Performance Air Filtration System
- All-wood Interlock racks
- Universal racking fits oversized bottles
- Low-heat interior light
- Optional bottle probe
- Five-year warranty on the cooling system
- Two-year warranty on entire cabinet
- Optional Extended Warranty
- In-stock items ship within 5-7 days
The cooling unit plugs into a standard wall outlet, and the outlet should be on a dedicated circuit. The components of the cooling unit draw 3 amps, and the electric outlet on the side of the cooling unit also is rated for 3 amps. The cord extends 6 1/2 feet from the back of the cabinet. If an extension cord is used, it should be 14-gauge wire or thicker, grounded, and as short as possible. We recommend using a surge protector rated at 15 amps or more. Under no circumstances should the wine cabinet share a circuit with another motor or compressor-based appliance, like a wine cooler, fridge or air conditioner.
Because of the significant weight of your wine cabinet, it is important that it be placed on a hard surface, otherwise the cabinet may become skewed if the doors settle unevenly over time. If you will be placing your cabinet on thick carpeting, consider placing a carpet board underneath the wine cabinet. You can purchase a carpet board from Le Cache, or you can have your local hardware store cut a 3/4 inch plywood board to the following dimensions: 45w x 25d
DOOR SWING CLEARANCE
The doors of our wine cabinets swing "wide" by approximately 1 inch when open at 90 degrees. The additional width should be accounted for when purchasing cabinets that do not have moldings, because the stated widths of our wine cabinets do not account for the door swing. Please note that the additional width is required in front of the cabinet.
WEIGHT LOAD FACTOR
After loading your wine cabinet with wine bottles, it will be extremely heavy. When selecting a location for your cabinet, make sure that the floor underneath is strong enough to support the weight of the cabinet.
CellarPro cooling units are designed to handle temperatures ranging from 50 to 95F.
The cooling unit generates hot air that must be exhausted in such a way that it won't be recirculated by the cooling unit. If the hot air cannot be dissipated or channeled properly, and the cooling unit is forced to recycle its own hot air, the cooling unit will be unable to maintain cold temperatures inside the wine cabinet and/or it will run all the time. Proper ventilation can be achieved in one of three ways:
1.UPRIGHT CABINETS WITH TOP-VENT CONFIGURATIONS
Our upright wine cabinets have been engineered top-vent cooling units and SB/0 Technology so that they can be placed right up against the wall. In this configuration, the hot air generated by the cooling unit is ventilated through the top of the wine cabinet, and the return air comes from above the wine cabinet, so there must be sufficient clearance above the cabinets for the hot air to dissipate, as follows:
- Contemporary wine cabinets, Carolina wine cabinets, Loft wine cabinets and Vault wine cabinets require 18 inches of clearance above the wine cabinet.
- European Country wine cabinets and Mission wine cabinets require 12 inches of clearance above the wine cabinet.
- The sides always need to be open - in other words, placement in an enclosed space, alcove or closet will not work without our front-vent hood (see Configuration 3 below).
2. UPRIGHT CABINETS WITH Rear-Vent Configurations
Our upright wine cabinets can be configured so that the return air comes from behind the wine cabinet. This configuration is useful in situations where sufficient clearance above the wine cabinet doesn't exist. In this configuration:
- If the rear of the wine cabinet is not accessible, a minimum clearance of 7 1/2 inches above the wine cabinet is required for removal and replacement of the cooling unit air filter.
- If the rear of the wine cabinet is accessible, a minimum clearance of 3 inches above the wine cabinet is required for proper airflow, and we recommend using our air deflector to direct the hot air exhaust to the left of the wine cabinet.
- In all cases, the wine cabinet must be placed 3-4" away from the rear wall.
- The sides always need to be open - in other words, placement in an enclosed space, alcove or closet will not work without our front-vent hood (see Configuration 3 below)
3. UPRIGHT CABINETS with Front-Vent Hoods
If you want to place the wine cabinet flush against the wall but you don't have the required clearance (as outlined in Configuration 1 above), or you want to place the wine cabinet in an enclosed space, closet or alcove, our front-vent hood (placed on top of the wine cabinet) can be used with 7 1/2 inches of clearance above the wine cabinet for removal of the hood and the air filter. Please note:
- Contemporary wine cabinets, Loft wine cabinets and Vault wine cabinets can use our front vent hood with OR without the decorative grill.
- European Country wine cabinets, Mission wine cabinets and Carolina wine cabinets can use our front vent hood without the decorative grill (the decorative grill will not fit with crown moldings).
4. CREDENZA WINE CABINETS
Credenza wine cabinets don't require any clearance above the wine cabinet; however, all credenzas require 3-4" of space behind the wine cabinet because all the ventilation (intake and exhaust) occurs behind the cabinet
How do I choose between top intake versus rear intake?
Top intake will allow you to place your wine cabinet flush against the wall; however, in order to operate properly, a cabinet with top intake MUST have sufficient clearance ABOVE the cabinet. If sufficient clearance does not exist, rear intake should be selected, and 3-4 inches of clearance must be provided BEHIND the wine cabinet. Regardless, the sides of the cabinet always need to be open - in other words, placement in an enclosed space, alcove or closet will not work unless our front-vent hood is used. Click on our placement requirements tab for more information.
Does the unit really need a dedicated circuit?
A: Yes, our units require dedicated circuits. When we say "dedicated circuit", we mean that the circuit shouldn't have any items that require heavy draws of electricity - eg other appliances, vacuum cleaners, big-screen TVs, blow-dryers - on the same circuit as the cooling unit. Lighting, computers or other low-draw items shouldn't be a problem on the same circuit.
Do I need the condensate drain line?
A: You don't need the drain line because our wine cabinets are constructed to be airtight when the doors are closed, and the cooling unit has a drain pan to catch excess condensation, which is burned off as the cooling unit runs.
Why does the fan run without the compressor?
A: We've programmed our fans to stay "on" for 3 minutes after the compressor turns "off", and then every 15 minutes thereafter , to recirculate moisture inside the cabinet. This fan cycle is extremely energy efficient, and increases the humidity inside the cabinet.
Ratings & Reviews
What a great experience, Unit is beautiful.
by Lee B
It was wonderful to get a concierge call, the delivery crew was awesome, very nice and professional, the cabinet is beautiful and flawless, and the unit is much quieter than I expected it would be. Amazing experience, thanks again to everybody and have a wonderful holiday!
Love it thus far!
by Careful -
Have had the unit not quite a week and are very pleased. The cabinet is beautiful, we have it almost completely full and it is running smoothly. The delivery men were not good and hit the walls bringing it into our new home. Thank goodness IWA had it wrapped so that no marks were left on the walls.
Would suggest that the instruction manual be sent before the unit so the owners can read it and follow directions such as not opening both doors at once when the unit is empty, not turning the unit on at once due to the recent movement etc.
This is a great substitute for our last wine cellar as it was part of our home and with down sizing there is no room for a "wine cellar". Recommend it highly.
Over a year later...
by Chris Gallo -
Well... it's been over a year since I had my 3100 was delivered and I must say before a year was up with my N'finity, it was replaced once. The 2 N'finity units that I HAD purchased... have been sold as non cooling storage units. The 3100 however... has been a great wine storage unit! From my Dom to my Margaux! Maintaining its' temperature! If I had any advice to give... it would be to spend the extra money and get the doors WITH the windows! Great unit!! Thanks IWA!! Chris Gallo
Best of the best...
Compared to other alternatives, the construction and quality of this wine cellar are apparent from the moment you lay eyes upon it. The doors are heavy and the fact they are made from solid wood and well-insulated are noticeable with every swing. The racking system is superior to all refrigerator style cellars. You will be able to attain the stated capacity of the Le Cache unit, or very near it. Upon arrival, you will need to spend a little time aligning the doors and leveling the unit. My advice is to be certain you have the right space picked out because this is a somewhat difficult task and you need two people. The unit is very heavy even when empty. My only slight complaint is that I wish the unit were about 2 inches deeper to accommodate 2 of the longer, non-standard Bordeaux style bottles a lot of Napa wineries are using on the same shelf. Other than that, this unit is perfect.
Tremendous, well crafted unit
by Chris G
Purchased the 3100 a couple of months ago and I must say... compared to my WS cellars... which I no longer have... This is a tremendous, well crafted unit! After an issue with a broken foot, that was swiftly replaced, (Thanks Brad) it is working great! I will leave more feedback after I've had it a while.
Great customer service, great product, have had for a year now and is everything I was looking for. Met all my wine storage needs and I still have plenty of space for those yet to be attained bottles.
Excellent Wine Cabinet and Service
by Mark K
We have been enjoying our La Cache 3100 wine cabinet for a while. It is excellent. Also, I must comment on La Cache customer service. After some issues I had with another cabinet (not the 3100), they worked with us and helped us figure out a good solution. The build quality of the 3100 is top-notch Please note: It is large. We finally got it in our basement, but it took some effort.
The wine cabinet looks so elegant!
by Sharon B.
I received my wine cabinet last Friday. The delivery company unpacked it and placed it in my garage with precision. I've since loaded it with some wine and turned it on. It's working wonderfully and looks so elegant!
Thank you for making this order an easy one for me... I have already recommended your company and product to three other people who are interested in purchasing a wine cabinet.
by Hal H
The sales person was well versed in the product and could answer all questions. Customer service was equally amazing.
I have installed the unit and can speak more after a year or so of function
by Larry D
Great high quality, beautiful unit that meets our needs perfectly.
by Paul Cushing
is everything as advertised. Beautiful wood and workmanship. I know exactly where every bottle is stored (I use Cellar Tracker to keep my inventory). Never one problem with the cooling unit and it is very energy efficient. I bought it to replace a well-known French wine cabinet that was nothing but a pain with moisture inside that ruined labels an got the wood shelves moldy. Unlike the Le Cache what a challenge trying to get to the bottle you are looking for since you end up stacking most of your bottles (two deep) or lose 30+ % of the storage capacity if you pay extra (a lot) to put in rolling out shelves that are hard to keep from binding up.
Great quality and service
by Troy Buzzell, Manager - Ponzi Wine Bar
Great quality and service was provided from the transaction to the delivery of the product. I would recomend to anyone. I am very happy with the whole transaction, you guys did a great job.
Always buy the best, saves money in the long run
by M Hudson
I did substantial research on this purchase, and time after time le cache came out on top. I based my research on actual users experience from a variety of wine forums. The unit arrived in excellent condition with no surprises. I am very pleased with my purchase at this point.
by Mike C
Your delivery guys are great once the wine cabinet gets there. But they have kind of a give s#@! attitude when comes to getting there. I was trying to really cooridnate the delivery with our arrival with some pretty pricey wine. They held the truck because they did not have full load, but I was told they had plenty of lead time. They could have put it on an earlier truck and sat on it for a week or ten days.
So much Happier with my Le Cache
by David E
After spending a lot of time looking at different cabinet options from several vendors, I finally decided to pick up the phone to place my order with Le Cache directly. The customer service person was out, so I spoke with the company president. He answered my questions, took my information and within one week my cabinet was delivered by three guys who were fast, efficient and very courteous. The new cabinet is next to my 8-year old VinoTemp of the same size -- and I am so much happier with my Le Cache. It's like comparing a Bentley to a used Honda, but for a small price difference. I am pleased.
by Esin V
I have had a wine cabinet for over 30 years. This one is unbelievable. I am trying to convince quite a few friends to buy same.
Customer Service is Exceptional
by Dan P
Your customer service is exceptional. We always received a quick and helpful response to our numerous questions regarding the selection of the right wine cabinet for us. Delivery and set up went well. So far we could not be more pleased and, although we have yet to plug in the unit (still within the first 24 hours of set up) we are confident, based on the past efficiency of your customer service, that if any issues arise in the future your company will handle them in a professional manner..
by Todd R
Continue making a great product!
by Dean A.
I have had my unit for almost a year now & it has been great. I live in the desert & the temperatures have been over 100 & the unit works very well. This is my second unit from Le Cache & I would highly recomend their units to everyone. The customer service when plaing the order was very responsive.
by Susan F.
The 3100 wine vault has performed perfectly since it arrived - great product for our needs and good price point. As you know there were significant delays with delivery that were very inconvenient for us since we had timed the order to coordinate with a move. You and [the dealer] were willing to communicate and discuss, which I appreciated. Long-winded answer - you could improve by being able to commit to a delivery date at order time. Otherwise, I'm a happy customer.
Had to Wait
by Jerry M.
I had to wait over 3 months due to back order of the Wine Vault.
A very high quality product
by Mitch G.
A very high quality product, especially considering the cost
Finish and workmanship
by Craig H.
The vault is designed for harsh environments, like our garage; however, its finish and workmanship are suited for the living room.
by Chuck R.
Great service - look forward to many years of wine protection.