The French National Forests
Working directly With the French National Forests Organisation
Bossuet Cooperage only work with French oak wood, except on special demand where the cooperage may provide oak wood from other origins.
From the beginnig, Jean-Louis Bossuet is working with the French National Forests Organisation, and has his own card of member of the organisation. This status allows frequent walks in the forests to select and estimate the trees, as soon as the Forests Organisations has announced they're ready to be cut.
The wood quality can be determined directly from the living tree, in the forest. The "Giants", Oak wood trees in these forests, are majestic colossus of an incredible height, and from 200 to 250 years old. Jean-Louis Bossuet and his team spend time to inspect each tree in an area, looking for any little defect able to make them estimate the quantity of quality oak wood that could be used in the barrels production.
"It is important to underline the remarkable management of the French national Forests Organisation, making sure that each area will be naturally renewed before organizing the final cut" quotes Jean-Louis Bossuet. "It takes more than two centuries for a tree to grow and to be ready to be cut, when we come in an open forest area to estimate a future cut, we know that this area won't be opened anymore before two centuries and that we will never come back in... We have to be very respectful of these trees, older than anyone of us and having gone throught History!"
The Stave Mill estimates and purchases oak wood coming from many French National Forests such as Jupille, Tronçais, Blois, Bercé, Bellême, Gâvre, Vosges, Darney, Senonches, Ribeauvillé, Loches...
Below is a view from an open area of Jupille Forest visited in May 2013, before the final cut.