With the strength of its experience, the Cooperage has evolved for some 25 years now and today shows many quality points to vineyards, from our supply chain, passing by our control after production, the transportation, the follow-up and the analysis of our wood.
We have a strict control on the wood we are using to create our barrels only working with French Oak wood with controlled origins, the cooperage has always worked with our own stave mill. Jean-Louis Bossuet's knowledge, as a member of the French National Forests Organisation, and his own experience of oak forests, has permitted the cooperage to build its reputation. To manage the entire supply chain from the forests guarantee of the origin of the oak wood, its good treatment and a complete drying.
Expertise and Control
Our coopers expertise enables each one of them to create his entire barrel from the beginning to the end, mastering all steps and signing each barrel made with their own personal number. Conceived with the respect of each detail, each barrel is then controlled from inside and out. A test to prevent eventual leaks is applied with boiling water under high pressure.
Protection and Transportation
The longer the transport, the higher the risks that barrels could be damaged. This is why our barrels are first well filmed with alimentary plastic, to isolate them and prevent any damage during handling. A cardboard 'flower' also protects each end.
Barrels are shipped by container or specialized truck (according to the destination). Working with a reliable transport company, each container is first closely inspected to be sure that all safety and hygenic conditions are met. Barrels are then loaded and set according to a precise method to avoid any movement during the transport.
A Personal Follow-up
Each winery is unique and this is why everyone of the cooperage's customers is contacted, at least once a year. The representative or distributor in contact with you will get in touch you and will follow your winemaking with Bossuet Products. In many cases, a tasting could be organized to be able to control the final results and to find any eventual improvements or changes.
Traceability and Analysis
It is important to regularly control oak wood to detect any problem. Bossuet Cooperage is working with Laboratory Excell in Bordeaux. Analysis is made in 48H and is available for consultation by our clients. The laboratory analyzes the samples of wood provided by the cooperage and automatically detects any kind of wood bacteria that could be harmful for winemaking.