About BOSSUET Wine Barrels

 

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Jean-Louis BOSSUET is a self-made man. In 1987, Jean-Louis took his skills as a forester and cooper and built Tonnellerie BOSSUET. Under the watchful eye of both he and his wife Christiane, the cooperage has grown a steady reputation for high-quality, cost-effective Bordeaux wine barrels. With an extensive background in forestry and his own log truck, Jean-Louis personally selects the standing oak he has bought at auction. The majority of his wood comes from haute futaie forests in central France and the Loire Valley.

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Located in St. Simon-de-Bordes between Bordeaux and Cognac, Tonnellerie BOSSUET sits on six hectares. The cooperage and stave mill are separated from Jean-Louis’ house. With ducks flying in over-head, Jean-Louis has created a mini-ecosystem that benefits both the workers and the aging oak wine staves that are the basis for BOSSUET wine barrels.

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Split fresh from BOSSUET’s mill {merranderie}, raw oak staves are stacked in an open chimney style next to the lake.

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Specializing in thin-stave Bordeaux barrels, BOSSUET house toast uses an extensive amount of water to achieve the desired colored and aroma. The majority of Jean-Louis’s barrels are made with this house toast. Production of Tonnellerie BOSSUET is limited: 8,500 barrels is the annual objective.

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