The wood that we use to make our oak barrels exclusively comes from French forests, particularly from the Châtillonnais Parc, situated in Burgundy, mecca of cooperage.
The 2000 years of history of the barrel has demonstrated that forests from our French regions were the most able to produce an excellent raw material for cooperage. For centuries, our country has managed its wood sector with an exceptional vision and seriousness.
The French State has been supervising forestry for almost 1000 years. As early as the 17th century, Colbert’s order on “Water & Forests” restricted and protected the production of oak, this lord of the woods that grows so slowly.
This very long term strategy is essential for the production of good staves because oaks need to be between 180 and 250 years old. This explains the unique position that France holds in the cooperage sector.
In the 17th century, the objective of the state was to meet the needs of shipbuilding. But now, cooperage is the number one industry when it comes to oak demand:
100% french oak wood guarantees a constant quality. Often imitated but never duplicated; as seductive as the Eastern or American oak supplies can look, they do not match the same requirements level.
When it comes to great winemaking, French oak is the ultimate reference. This is why our cooperage attracts wine and spirits producers from all over the world: 70% of our barrels get exported. Generally speaking, France provides 75% of the global demand in oak barrels.