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Maison Charlois

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.


Le Bourg - 58700 Murlin - France
Tel. + 33 (0) 386 381 755 - Fax + 33 (0) 386 381 146

Les Ateliers du Chêne

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.


9, route d'Avallon - 58140 Saint-Martin-du-Puy - France
Tel. + 33 (0) 386 226 642 - Fax + 33 (0) 386 226 367


Nièvre Merrain

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.


Route de Corvol l'Orgueilleux - 58210 Varzy - France
Tel. + 33 (0) 386 381 755 - Fax + 33 (0) 386 381 146


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.


Parc d’activités des Bertranges - rue des Merrains 58400 La Charité-sur-Loire – France
Tel. +33 (0) 386 696 279 - Fax + 33 (0) 386 696 747



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.


Parc d’activités des Bertranges - rue des Merrains 58400 La Charité-sur-Loire – France
Tel. +33 (0) 386 696 279 - Fax + 33 (0) 386 696 747



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.


350, rue de la Tonnellerie - 19600 Saint Pantaléon de Larche - France
Tel. + 33 (0) 555 860 845 - Fax + 33 (0) 555 869 134



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.


36-46, rue de Dizedon - 16100 Cognac - France
Tel. + 33 (0) 545 827 942 - Fax + 33 (0) 545 827 158


La Grange

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.


Le Bourg - 58700 Murlin - France
Tel. +33 (0) 386 381 755 - Fax +33 (0) 386 381 146

Tonnellerie Bernard

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 both wines and spirits.

Route d’Archiac 16130 Lignières Sonneville
Téléphone : +33 545 805 026 - Fax : +33 545 805 647



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.


S.L. Avda. del Ebro s/n 26540 Alfaro (La Rioja) - España
Tel. + 34 (0) 941 180 023 - Fax + 34 (0) 941 183 557


Charlois Cooperage

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.


1285 S Foothill Blvd - Cloverdale, CA 95425
Tel. +1 707 944 1330 - Fax +1 707-944-1370



Artful production

In Cognac, the birthplace of French cooperage, Erable specialises in tanks and casks.

The products are unique, tailor-made, designed for each specific project and in harmony with the structure and aesthetics of the cellar where they will reveal their qualities over time. An expression of luxury, French oak tanks and casks illustrate, in the wine industry and around the world, the prestige and quality work that makes a wine.


Champ des Rivaux - 16300 Barret - France
Tel. + 33 (0) 545 980 702 - Fax + 33 (0) 545 981 783


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.


RD 944 – 58140 Saint-Martin-du-Puy - France
Tel. + 33 (0) 386 226 642 - Fax + 33 (0) 386 226 367



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.


9, route d'Avallon - 58140 Saint-Martin-du-Puy - France

Tél. + 33 3 86 22 66 42 - Fax + 33 3 86 22 63 67



Transporting and delivering barrels that are destined for wines and spirits 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).

2 Z.A. Camparian - 33870 Vayres - France



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.


Le Bourg - 58700 Murlin - France
Tel. + 33 (0) 386 381 755 - Fax + 33 (0) 386 381 146


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.


Le Bourg - 58700 Murlin - France
Tel. : + 33 (0) 386 600 327 - Fax : + 33 (0) 386 574 598


La Chênaie

Oak: a new youthful force

Everything begins with the life force of a thousand-year-old tree which defies time: the oak. Rare organic brilliance After six generations of fascination with this tree and its noble character, the Charlois Group penetrated the secret of its exceptionally long life with a major scientific discovery: an oak extract with ultra-powerful anti-oxidant properties, combining the tree’s bark, soft wood and leaf for the first time. Patented, this miracle of life preserves the hyaluronic acid present in the skin and encourages collagen synthesis.

And so was born La Chênaie, a line of anti-ageing cosmetics with exceptional anti-wrinkle and regenerative performance. A major innovation which stretches the boundaries of youth. A challenge to time itself.


4 rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré - 75008 Paris - France
Tel. + 33 (0) 144 949 931 - Fax + 33 (0) 143 876 099