Located between bordeaux and Cognac, the site of the Bossuet cooperage is constantly evolving in the same time as the company is growing. In 2013, buildings have been extended to allow more spaces for the coopers to work. A new storage building will be raised soon.
The cooperage is producing around 8000 barrels a year, from all sizes, and accorded to the wineries different expectations, giving full attention to the respect of all specifications. According to the demands, the cooperage has also recently diversified its production by creating alternatives oak wood products, proposing differents products conforming to winemakers's different needs.
The company is growing, the building are extended. However, the cooperage still stay entirely traditional. After receiving the wood, workers are preparing the staves for them to get the precise dimensions needed. Then, the coopers create their own barrels, from the beginning to the end, respecting all steps and masterizing the various toasts.
One man, One barrel. Againt the chain production system, Bossuet is one of the last independent traditional cooperages, to provide you customized barrels with the guarantee of a high quality production.
A Traditional Toast
At the back of the workshop is located the toasting place. Supplied with wood, the flames are first elevated to the height of the barrel to toast, to bring the necessary power for a high temperature toast. Standing in the centre of the barrel, the blaze is bringing strong heat to each stave, to go deep inside the oak wood, and so, provide the aromas that will be liberated during the wine breeding.
Barrels are toasted with the necessary combination between fire and water, permiting first to the wood to be bent cautiously, with no cracking, and avoiding then any kind of toasting defect such as burning, overheat or blisters on the wood. The evolution of the temperature is meticulously controlled by laser to insure accuracy and rigor for the demanded toast.
Each winery is unique. Each wine has its particularities. Each cultivar has its own character. To adapt the barrel to your specific wine, Bossuet Cooperage is proposing various kinds of Toast, bringing different aromas and ways of structuration. 7 differents toasts, in the increasing order of intensity:
- Long Light
- Medium Minus
- Long Medium
- Medium Plus
These different toasts, each one pushing the wood to a precise temperature, will give to the barrels specific aromas, bringing different flavours all along the wine breeding, and will give to the wood various stenght of structuration according to the cultivars.