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OAK NATION is home to the trades that have close
links to forestry and winemaking

The best oak trees for the best staves

 

Oak has been the expertise of Maisons Charlois & Nièvre Merrain for over 200 years (forestry, tree selection, splitting and seasoning). This expertise is illustrated by the high quality of the staves it produces. The wood for these two Charlois group stave mills comes from the most prestigious French oak forests.

 

Since 2004, the Charlois group and its stave mills have worked with a keen respect for the raw material and its traceability through PEFC (Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification). The stave mills procure the wood they need from the National Forest Bureau, selecting the best oak trees. Every tree selected is identified to certify its provenance. This traceability represents added value for the Charlois Group and its stave mills.

 

At every stage of production, a strict analysis and management protocol for the wood means health risks are controlled. These controls are included in the HACCP approach.

 

Moreover, the verification plan settled on the woods makes it possible to evaluate and avoid any risk of organoleptic deviance.





MAISON CHARLOIS
Le Bourg – 58700 Murlin – France
Tél. + 33 3 86 38 17 55 – Fax + 33 3 86 38 11 46
accueil@groupecharlois.com

Specialists in oak staves and railway sleepers.

 

In 2008, family spirit, love for the forest and a passion for oak naturally brought together the Malviche and Charlois families, who have been working together for 30 years. The aim was to guarantee Malviche saw mill’s development by using the strength of the entire Charlois group.

 

Based in Burgundy, in the Morvan Regional Nature Reserve, Les Ateliers du Chêne (called Malviche sawmill until October 2017) are expert in several oak trades. Specialists in manufacturing railway sleepers, Les Ateliers du Chêne also handle logging, purchases and sells logs and makes staves and other oak products for the wine industry (brands Saveurs and Oenosylva).

 

Keenly concerned with sustainable forest management, Les Ateliers du Chêne operate according to PEFC directives for a responsible forestry.

 





LES ATELIERS DU CHÊNE
9, route d’Avallon – 58140 Saint-Martin-du-Puy – France
Tél. + 33 3 86 22 66 42 – Fax + 33 3 86 22 63 67
contact@lesateliersduchene.com

www.lesateliersduchene.com

Megnin Mills, in Pennsylvania, USA, are stave-makers who are specialists in Quercus Alba, or American oak. This type of oak, esteemed by certain winemakers for its more emphatic aromatic expression, is sawn after splitting, unlike the practice in our French stave mills. This enables us to obtain a specific type of stave unique to this part of the world





MEGNIN MILLS

12261 US-422 – Kittanning – PA 16201 – États-Unis

Tél. +1 724-543-2019

The Egleny stave mill is situated in the Yonne forest, between the Nièvre and the Vosges, and sources its oak from highly desirable granitic and chalky terroirs. There is no room for approximation when working with this wood. Each tree is selected with meticulous care in the forest, then transformed with absolute precision to obtain staves that will subsequently form the solid foundation for making top quality barrels.





EGLENY

Route de Chauchoine – 89240 Égleny – France

Tél.+33 3 86 41 08 73

 

In 1998, Nièvre Merrain, the group’s second stave production company, was created to satisfy demand from the coopers. The two stave mills became world leaders in the manufacture of French oak staves. Today, this unit produces staves for the group’s cooperages and other coopers too.





NIEVRE MERRAIN
Route de Corvol l’Orgueilleux – 58210 Varzy – France
Tél. + 33 3 86 38 17 55 – Fax + 33 3 86 38 11 46
accueil@groupecharlois.com

The Farges stave mill, in the heart of Centre France, occupies a choice geographical position at the confluence of the most prestigious French forests: Loches, Cher, Indre, Allier and the emblematic Tronçais forest. Thanks to these exceptional woodlands, our team of stave makers devote themselves to making high quality staves with respect for the traditions and skills that are unique to this time-honoured craft.





FARGES

La Coquillonnerie – 18200 Farges Allichamps – France

Tél. +33 2 48 61 37 83

The Nadalié cooperage, founded by Auguste Nadalié in 1902, is dedicated to making a range of barrels that can meet the needs and specific demands of all winemakers. For over a century this family enterprise has mastered, down to the finest detail, the subtle and complex art of barrel making.

The natural elements have an integral part to play in the manufacturing process in which the barrel takes shape under the eye and the hand of man. The earth nourishes the tree, fire and water coax the wood fibres into the desired curve, and air and rain wash over the staves in their open-air drying yards until they are perfectly seasoned. And finally, in the toasting stage, a precise and fiery alchemy gives the barrels their desired organoleptic qualities. In the long, painstaking manufacturing process, no stage is spared the battery of tests and inspections that allow Nadalié to offer a guarantee of exemplary work and irreproachable quality.

Heir to a dynasty of artisans of exceptional skill, the fifth generation of Nadalié has developed its activities with full respect for tradition, whilst adopting a forward looking, modern approach. A winning combination that has forged the excellence and the reputation of this cooperage based in the Medoc.





TONNELLERIE NADALIÉ

99 rue Lafont – 33290 Ludon-Médoc – France

Tél. +33 5 57 10 02 02

info@nadalie.fr

www.nadalie.fr

 

From the tree to the barrel: a 100% integrated production

 

For more than 10 years, the Berthomieu cooperage has been a part of the only cooperage group whose entire production process is fully integrated, from forestry practices to the finished product. And with the reputation of the Charlois group, its knowledge of oak and its expertise represent a unique advantage. Established in the Nivernais, one of the most highly reputed oak forests in France, the cooperage sets itself apart with its unique steam pre-toasting method and its selection from prestigious forests.

 

Throughout the year, our buyers visit French forests looking for the most beautiful oak trees which will be used to make barrels for ageing wines. Tree to tree, they assess the oaks which were selected according to a rigorous management plan, drawn up to ensure forest renewal and respect for biodiversity.





TONNELLERIE BERTHOMIEU
Parc d’activités des Bertranges – rue des Merrains 58400 La Charité-sur-Loire – France
Tél. +33 3 86 69 62 79 – Fax + 33 3 86 69 67 47
contact@berthomieu.com

www.berthomieu.com

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Made of France

 

The Tonnellerie Ermitage specialises in custom-made products. It selects the best oak to make barrels from trees that are at least a century old, from forests sustainably managed by the National Forest Bureau and certified by the PEFC.

 

The forest, seasoning time, stave selection and toasting processes are all criteria which subtly change the profile of a barrel. Thanks to the steam pre-toasting method, Ermitage barrels reveal very soft tannins and add complexity to the wine. The combination of wine aromas and oak is well-balanced.

 

For each specific project, the Tonnellerie Ermitage provides precise and tailored tracking, from raw material to delivery.





TONNELLERIE ERMITAGE
Parc d’activités des Bertranges – rue des Merrains 58400 La Charité-sur-Loire – France
Tél. +33 3 86 69 62 79 – Fax + 33 3 86 69 67 47
contact@tonnellerie-ermitage.com

www.tonnellerie-ermitage.com

The tradition of cooperage since 1873

 

Celebrating the grand traditions and expertise of artisan coopers since 1873, the Saury cooperage joined the Charlois group in 2009 and today has imposed itself as one of the most famous cooperages in France.

 

Present in over 40 countries, Saury coopers meet strict control criteria to guarantee consistent quality and expertise.

 

Thanks to a completely independent supply of French oak and fully integrated production processes, Saury has total control of the raw materials for its manufacturing.

 

Every one of its barrels and vats is subjected to rigorous quality controls at every stage of production. In partnership with the Laboratoire Exact, it has developed an analysis protocol to eliminate any possibility of contaminants for every product.





SAURY
350, rue de la Tonnellerie – 19600 Saint Pantaléon de Larche – France
Tél. + 33 5 55 86 08 45 – Fax + 33 5 55 86 91 34
contact@saury.com

www.saury.com

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Great French cooperage since 1735

 

Founded by the oldest Cognac house and today a part of the Charlois group, Leroi cooperage boasts rare expertise in the manufacture of oak barrels for eaux-de-vie and liqueurs. Based in Cognac, its ancestral character and high standards have made it famous in vineyards all over the world.

 

The selection of oak is the very core of its expertise, meeting the high requirements of distillers and producers. To create this perfect harmony between oak and spirits, only staves from the most beautiful French trees are chosen to make barrels and vats. The mastery of its expert coopers is combined with the nobility of the oak. Perfectly managing the toasting flame to match the ageing objective, the master cooper releases all the aromatic subtlety from the oak to give the spirits their aromas and strength.

 

The alliance of man and nature leaves nothing to chance when revealing the best facets of wines and spirits.





TONNELLERIE LEROI
36-46, rue de Dizedon – 16100 Cognac – France
Tél. + 33 5 45 82 79 42 – Fax + 33 5 45 82 71 58
contact@tonnellerie-leroi.com

www.tonnellerie-leroi.com

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The expertise of a prestigious Spanish cooperage

 

The Magreñán Cooperage has practised the grand tradition of barrel-making for five generations. Its expertise and perpetual quest for quality have forged its prestigious reputation.

 

Born into a family of coopers that had been making barrels since 1820, in 1950, seduced by the wines of Rioja, Rafael Magreñán created his own cooperage in Alfar. Today, it is managed by his grandchildren, Antonio and Teresa. The Magreñán Cooperage is known in Spain and around the world for its traditional expertise and the quality of its products. The barrels are made with American, French and European oak staves.

 

Now that the cooperage is part of the Charlois group, it has privileged access to oak.





TONELERIA MAGRENAN
S.L. Avda. del Ebro s/n 26540 Alfaro (La Rioja) – España
Tél. + 34 941 18 00 23 – Fax + 34 941 18 35 57
www.magrenan.com

The grandson of the founder of the Nadalié cooperage, Jean-Jacques Nadalié, created the Tonnellerie Française (now Nadalié USA) in 1980 at Calistoga in the north of the Napa Valley, in the heart of Californian wine country.

Son and grandson of a Meilleur Ouvrier de France (Best French Artisan) in the category of cooperage (Auguste in 1927 and Victor in 1955), Jean-Jacques Nadalié had the edge over his competitors when he decided some forty years ago to export the art of barrel making to America to bring production closer to the Californian vineyards.

To respond to the demand of clients from all around the world, Nadalié USA now use top quality oak staves from the United States, France and Hungary to make its barrels.





NADALIÉ USA
1401 Tubbs Lane – Calistoga, Californie 94515 – États-Unis
Tél . +1 707 942 9301
info@nadalie.com

When American oak meets French expertise.

 

Purchased in 2011 by the Charlois group and located in the Sonoma Valley in California, the cooperage combines American production with French quality to produce the best oak barrels in America. The Charlois Group has exported its exceptional oak know-how to the USA. It combines expertise, quality and sustainable development in local products, promoting the quality of the vineyards and their work.

 

Charlois Cooperage USA buys oak from forests in Pennsylvania and Missouri through the best American stave mills, selecting the finest grains which will be used to produce barrels.

 

The first fruit of this intercontinental alliance is the creation of a high-end collection of American oak barrels.





CHARLOIS COOPERAGE, USA
1285 S Foothill Blvd – Cloverdale, CA 95425
Tél. +1 707 944 1330- Fax +1 707-944-1370
contact@charloiscooperageusa.com

www.charloiscooperageusa.com

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Created in 1960, Tonnellerie Mercier has continued to develop and is now one of the key French cooperages. Competent, dynamic and reactive, the Mercier team spares no effort to meet the needs of its customers and accompany them in their winemaking, ensuring that the wine’s qualities and specific characteristics are enhanced, without being dominated.

To guarantee absolute reliability and traceability, the cooperage’s supply chain is totally integrated. Its splitting workshop, just a stone’s throw from the cooperage, supplies the raw materials necessary for barrel making. To satisfy the needs of its customers, Tonnellerie Mercier offers a wide and diverse range of products, including a specific offer of barrels made from acacia wood, which brings freshness and complexity to white wines.





TONNELLERIE MERCIER

8, Route de la Cigogne – 16300 Barbezieux-Saint-Hilaire – France

Tél. +33 5 45 78 14 70

contact@tonnellerie-mercier.com

www.tonnellerie-mercier.com

“Build on the past to construct the future”. It is this expression that resumes the spirit of Tonnellerie Marchive. Installed in the heart of the Cognac region since 1949, it draws on a strong heritage and decades of collaboration with some of the greatest wines in the world.

The company has continued to grow since its inception thanks to its wide range of products for making and ageing wine, including oak for oenology, barrels and large formats. Tonnellerie Marchive spares no effort in its quest for customer satisfaction, with patience in seasoning the raw material and respect for individual requirements, together with consistent quality, expertise and passion. The precious historic and craft heritage that Marchive passes on to its master coopers has earned it worldwide recognition from generations of customers as the undisputed specialist in the sector.





TONNELLERIE MARCHIVE
8, Route de la Cigogne – 16300 Barbezieux – France
Tél. +33 545 983 334

contact@tonnellerie-marchive.fr

www.tonnellerie-marchive.fr

In the heart of Burgundy, Tonnellerie Marsannay accompanies Clos, Maisons and Domaines in their work of ageing and bringing out the best in their wines. With a long history of attachment to the region’s vineyards, Tonnellerie Marsannay upholds its values every day. This translates into respect for the raw material and the unique skills of its master coopers, respect for the integrity of the wines and the demanding work of the winemakers, and a bespoke approach to each client.

The teams at the cooperage work tirelessly to meet their customers’ needs and find the perfect solution that will allow the wines to develop their full potential.





TONNELLERIE MARSANNAY

477, rue Dardelain – 21160 Marsannay-la-Côte – France

Téléphone : +33 3 80 51 06 06 ou +33 3 80 59 88 88

Fax : +33 (0)3 80 54 32 45

contact@tonnellerie-marsannay.fr

www.tonnellerie-marsannay.fr

Tonnellerie Chambeaud is a family run cooperage in the Charente region, specialising in Cognac type barrels. These custom-made pieces have been made according to the same principles for decades, combining respect for the product and proximity with their customers.

Chambeaud is above all a small-scale, hand-crafted production where each and every gesture has its importance.





TONNELLERIE CHAMBEAUD

8, Route de la Cigogne – 16300 Barbezieux – France
Téléphone : +33 545 983 334 – Fax : +33 545 983 335

Tonnellerie Bernard, established in 1936 in the heart of the Grande Champagne region of South West France, has maintained time-honoured cooperage skills.

 

This artisan production workshop, acquired in 2017 by the Charlois group, respects the fundamental precepts of craft barrel making.

 

The supply of quality French oak from the Charlois group means that it has at its disposition an exceptional stock of staves from which to make high quality barrels with irreproachable traceability.

 

It perpetuates the technique of natural seasoning of the staves for 24 to 36 months, and sometimes even longer.

 

With its broad range of barrels, the cooperage is able to respond to specific requirements for wines.





TONNELLERIE BERNARD
Route d’Archiac 16130 Lignières Sonneville
Téléphone : +33 545 805 026 – Fax : +33 545 805 647
contact@tonnellerie-bernard.com

www.tonnellerie-bernard.com

The Art of Cooperage

 

In the Bertranges Forest, amidst the mature Nivernais plantations of two-hundred-year-old oaks, La Grange practises the art of cooperage.

 

A symbol of ancestral expertise, La Grange barrels are the masterful work of artisan coopers. Made from the finest oak staves, hand-shaped and hooped, each barrel is a “hand-stitched” vessel, ready to age wines from the greatest vineyards.

 

A craftsman’s patience and time represent a high quality investment, passing on this mark of excellence to the prestigious collection of La Grange barrels. Every barrel is subjected to perfectly controlled aromatic toasting, an essential stage to highlight all the aromas of the oak.

 

With ever-increasing standards, every year La Grange creates a limited edition of numbered barrels reserved for the most prestigious vintages.





LA GRANGE
Le Bourg – 58700 Murlin – France
Tél. +33 3 86 38 17 55 – Fax +33 3 86 38 11 46
accueil@groupecharlois.com

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In 2003 Tonnellerie Nadalié extended its activity to Australia, and more specifically the Barossa Valley.

Australia is one of the world’s top ten wine producing countries, and the presence of Nadalié in this market has allowed the group to confirm its international status as one of the leading barrel makers in the world. In addition to importing prestigious French barrels, Nadalié Australia has in the last few years also developed its own “Made in Australia” range of barrels, named Symbiosis, made on demand from French or American oak.

As a result, a dedicated team has been put together and trained by our French master coopers in order to transmit these exceptional methods and skills.





NADALIÉ AUSTRALIA

LOT 10 – St Hallett Road – Tanunda – SA 5352 – Australia

Téléphone : +61 (8) 8563 3833

info@nadalieaustralia.com.au

www.nadalieaustralia.com.au

The unique expertise and experience of these artisan vat makers, implanted in the Charente region of France since 1870, enables them to build the very finest wooden vats and tuns (foudres).

After a rigorous selection from oaks of more than 200 years old, grown in the most majestic French forests, this noble raw material is prepared to best advantage in a specialized and fully integrated sawmill. It is then worked entirely by hand.

French oak vats and tuns are an expression of luxury. They are the embodiment, in the winemaking sphere and in the eyes of world, of the prestige and high-quality work that is involved in the making of a fine wine.





L’ATELIER DU FOUDRIER

Champ des Rivaux – 16300 Barret – France

Tél. + 33 5 45 98 07 02 – Fax + 33 5 45 98 17 83

accueil@groupecharlois.com

 

 

Nadalié Oak Add Ins offers a wide range of tools for oaking, fermenting and ageing wine, that provide solutions to all types of oenological requirements.

Quality raw material, commitment to traceability and high production standards are the pillars of the brand. Wood fire toasted, Oak Add Ins products are the result of extensive research and development.





OAK ADD INS

99 rue Lafont – 33290 LUDON-MEDOC – France

Tél. +33 5 57 88 04 42

oai@nadalie.fr

www.oakaddins.com

Emanation by Marchive™ is the response to an evolution in oenological techniques. It consists of a range of complementary oak alternatives for use in oenology: oak powder and chips, cubes, dominos, blocks, tank staves, barrel staves and oak chains. This wide range of products, available in French and American oak, can therefore meet all winemaking requirements.





TONNELLERIE MARCHIVE

8, Route de la Cigogne – 16300 Barbezieux – France

Tél. +33 545 983 334

contact@tonnellerie-marchive.fr

www.tonnellerie-marchive.fr

 

 

The winemaking power of oak

 

Œnosylva produces a range of French oak products for winemaking, where the raw material comes from the most prestigious mature plantations in France and brings a very qualitative organoleptic effect thanks to stave wood that is naturally seasoned outdoors. Just like the cooperages, a minimum of 24 months are required to season the staves, in areas protected from pollution in the heart of Nivernais country.

 

Œnosylva products are finely calibrated to perfectly “dose” the aromatic and tannic input of the oak during vinification or ageing. Three toasting techniques bring richness and complexity to the wine and a subtle aromatic and structural profile that gives toasted notes (tobacco, roasting, spices), sweet notes (fruit, toasted sweetness, vanilla) and rich notes (brioche, nougat, cocoa).

 

At every production stage, Œnosylva carefully checks the wood and packaging, eliminating any risk of contamination.





ŒNOSYLVA
RD 944 – 58140 Saint-Martin-du-Puy – France
Tél. + 33 3 86 22 66 42 – Fax + 33 3 86 22 63 67
contact@oenosylva.com

www.oenosylva.com

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To meet winemakers expectations, Saury cooperage enriches its offer with a range of oak for enology : «Saveurs» ; a clear organoleptic answer for wine aging intended to be consumed younger.

 

Together with its R&D department and its internal laboratory, Saury Cooperage brings forward the main organoleptic and aromatic profiles requested by winemakers, thanks to various blends of toasting and shapes of the offered products.





SAVEURS
9, route d’Avallon – 58140 Saint-Martin-du-Puy – France
Tél. + 33 3 86 22 66 42 – Fax + 33 3 86 22 63 67
contact@saveurs-saury.com

www.saveurs-saury.com

Transporting and delivering barrels that are destined for wines demands particular care. The prestigious nature of the customers and the quality of the barrels mean that skilful handling is primordial.

 

For over 10 years, the Charlois group has offered a customised logistics service adapted to the needs of each of its customers.

 

In 2017, the Charlois group created a dedicated logistical structure wholly devoted to its barrels: Charlois Premium Logistique (CPL).





CHARLOIS PREMIUM LOGISTIQUE
2 Z.A. Camparian – 33870 Vayres – France

Engineering

 

For nearly 10 years, the Charlois group has been developing high-performance machines for saw mills, stave mills and cooperages. The design office is in Murlin, where its own workshop manufactures, maintains and repairs these machines in a continuous drive towards exclusivity, quality and safety.





TECHNOAK
Le Bourg – 58700 Murlin – France
Tél. + 33 3 86 38 17 55 – Fax + 33 3 86 38 11 46
accueil@groupecharlois.com

A food industry specialist

 

Since 1998, Laboratoire Exact has been practising its expertise in aroma characterisation, researching organoleptic flaws and food safety. A privileged operator in the food industry, it works with many professionals: winemakers, oenologists, coopers, stave mills, cork makers and wine dealers, wood producers for the wine industry, technical and professional organisations…

 

With its teams of experts in chemical component trace analysis, it boasts the latest technological innovations in analytical equipment for quick, reliable and economical assessments and dosages.

 

Accredited by COFRAC, Laboratoire Exact meets international standards and ISO 17025 requirements for contaminants, aromas and sensory deviations (data available on www.cofrac.fr).

 

The laboratory’s Research & Innovation department supports the group in its endeavours to completely master the oak, from young shoot to mature tree, scientifically, technologically and industrially – always with respect for the group’s emblem: the tree itself.





LABORATOIRE EXACT
Le Bourg – 58700 Murlin – France
Tél. : + 33 3 86 60 03 27 – Fax : + 33 3 86 57 45 98
contact@labo-exact.fr

www.labo-exact.fr

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