Our Diverse Offerings

Sourcing, Styles, Sizes and Toasts

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Six of our most requested barrel formats
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Winemaker Selections

Our Winemaker Selections include six of our most requested barrel formats, sourced from ancient oak forests throughout northern and central France. These nationally and locally-owned lands have been carefully cultivated for centuries in order to produce oak of the highest quality, and each site is nurtured sustainably to make sure the supply of this valuable natural resource endures for centuries to come. We also maintain long-time partnerships with family-run French stave mills that have been practicing their craft for generations. These partners provide us with premium staves, year after year.

We source the unfinished staves for our Bordeaux Export and Bordeaux Élevage barrels from Le Massif des Trois Forêts and the Allier Forests. We sort the staves for the Bordeaux Élevage barrels to ensure that only extra fine grain wood is used to raise the barrel. For our Bordeaux Château Ferré and Château Tradition barrels, we source exclusively from Tronçais and Jupilles, hand sorting and selecting the highest quality, extra fine grain staves to raise these premium barrels. Oak for our Burgundy Export and Burgundy Crème DLC barrels comes from Bertranges and other forests throughout central France. For our Burgundy Crème DLC barrels, we hand sort and select only the highest quality, extra fine grain staves. The toast profiles of these barrels are customized to exact specifications in collaboration with our Master Cooper.Our Winemaker Selections include six of our most requested barrel formats, sourced from ancient oak forests throughout northern and central France. These nationally or locally-owned lands have been carefully cultivated for centuries in order to produce oak of the highest quality, and each site is nurtured sustainably to make sure the supply of this valuable natural resource endures for centuries to come. We also maintain long-time partnerships with family-run French stave mills that have been practicing their craft for generations. These partners provide us with premium staves, year after year.

We source the unfinished staves for our Bordeaux Export and Bordeaux Élevage barrels from Le Massif des Trois Forêts and the Allier Forests. For the Bordeaux Élevage barrels we sort the staves to ensure that only extra fine grain wood is used to raise the barrel. For our Bordeaux Château Ferré and Château Tradition barrels we source exclusively from Tronçais and Jupilles, hand sorting and selecting the highest quality, extra fine grain staves to raise these premium barrels. Our Burgundy Export and Burgundy Crème DLC barrels come from Bertranges and other forests throughout central France. For our Burgundy Crème DLC barrels, we hand sort and select only the highest quality, extra fine grain staves. The toast profiles of these barrels are customize to exact specifications in collaboration with our Master Cooper.

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Barrels

Bordeaux Export, 225 Liter/27mm
Burgundy Export, 228 Liter/27mm
Bordeaux Élevage, 225 Liter/22mm
Burgundy Crème DLC, 228 Liter/27mm
Bordeaux Château Ferré, 225 Liter/22mm
Bordeaux Château Tradition, 225 Liter/22mm

Toasts

Customized

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A Bordeaux Export and a Burgundy Export in four basic toast profiles
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French Oak House Selections

We offer our House Selection barrels—a Bordeaux Export and a Burgundy Export— in four basic toast profiles. To ensure barrels of the highest quality, we source oak from the ancient forests throughout northern and central France, and staves from our family-run French stave mill partners. 

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Barrels

Bordeaux Export, 225 Liter/27mm
Burgundy Export, 228 Liter/27mm

Toasts

Blond, Medium, Medium Plus, Heavy

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Two selections from within the French National Forest System
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French Oak Futaie Selections

We offer two different Futaie selections from premium oak staves chosen exclusively from trees harvested from within the French National Forest System, the Forêt Domaniale. The French National Office of Forestry or ONF, has for centuries overseen the management of forests in northern and central France, resulting in oak wood prized for its fine grain and rare uniformity. Staves come from our family-owned French stave mill partners; proprietary toasting is designed to bring out the very best, most natural expression of the barrel.

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Barrels

Futaie Bordeaux thin stave, 225 Liter/22mm
Futaie Burgundy export, 228 Liter/27mm

Toasts

Proprietary

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A rare “forest-to-barrel” experience for winemakers
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French Oak Master Cooper Selections

With the Master Cooper Selection program, we offer winemakers a rare “forest-to-barrel” experience that begins in the ancient oak forests of France and ends in our Benicia cooperage. Like our Futaie Selections tier, oak for our Master Cooper Selections comes exclusively from trees harvested from within the French National Forest System, the Forêt Domaniale.

Winemakers who participate in the Master Cooper Selection program will accompany Tonnellerie Ô Master Cooper Quinn Roberts to France. Together they will visit the oak forests, meet the families who have been crafting premium quality staves for generations, and receive in-depth forest education. They will also visit the family-owned stave mills to view the entire process, from cutting, to sorting, to seasoning. After the oak staves have been delivered to the cooperage in Benicia, winemakers will follow the barrel making process from beginning to end, determining their own custom formats and barrel toasting. This program requires a minimum purchase of twelve barrels. Please contact your sales representative for the necessary arrangements.

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Barrels

Bordeaux Export, 225 Liter/27mm
Burgundy Export, 228 Liter/27mm
Bordeaux Élevage, 225 Liter/22mm
Burgundy Crème DLC, 228 Liter/27mm
Bordeaux Château Ferré, 225 Liter/22mm
Bordeaux Château Tradition, 225 Liter/22mm

Toasts

Customized

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Selections from four regions located within the world's largest contiguous hardwood forest
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Regional Selections

Our Regional Selections come from four regions of the central and eastern US, part of the largest contiguous hardwood forest in the world. We enjoy long-term relationships with family-run stave mills in Minnesota, Missouri, Pennsylvania and Virginia. These trusted partners provide us with high quality white oak seasoned for 24 months. Oak from the northern forests, which lie along the same line of latitude as some of the great forests in France, offer a unique and elegant flavor profile. Oak from the Appalachian regions shows a more classic American oak character.

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Barrels

Bordeaux Export, 225 Liter/27mm
Burgundy Export, 228 Liter/27mm

Toasts

Blond, Medium, Medium Plus, Heavy

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Oak from family-owned stave mill partners in Minnesota, Missouri, and Virginia
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Single Mill Designate Selections

For our Mill Designate Selections, we choose oak from our trusted, family-owned stave mill partners in Minnesota, Missouri, and Virginia. When we craft a barrel from a single stave supplier, we isolate their wood sourcing, stave production and seasoning for a clear, mill-designated personality. We purposefully extend the aging to 36 months to achieve the most elegant expression of American oak.

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Barrels

Bordeaux Export, 225 Liter/27mm
Burgundy Export, 228 Liter/27mm

Toasts

Blond, Medium, Medium Plus, Heavy

 

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Combining the best characteristics of both French and American oak in a single barrel
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Hybrid Selections

We offer two different hybrid barrel types that combine the best characteristics of both French and American oak in a single barrel. One is a French oak barrel with American oak heads, and the other is the opposite—an American oak barrel with French oak heads.

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Barrels

Bordeaux Export, 225 Liter/27mm

Toasts

Blond, Medium, Medium Plus, Heavy