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Bouchard Cooperages: International brokers of fine quality oak wine barrels



In 1940 Lauriano Canadell, a Spanish Civil War refugee, established Canadell Canadellin Trie-Sur-Baïse (Hautes-Pyrénées) France as a wood-burning facility to power the shipyard plant of Tarbes, France. Beginning in 1950, and now for 4 generations and over 60 years, Canadell has been providing staves of the highest quality to the largest cooperages in the world. They are one of the oldest customers of the L’Office National des Forêts (ONF).

In 1984, Canadell opened a second facility in Ully-Saint-Georges, just north of Paris, to localize production by sourcing oak from the surrounding forests. Canadell is currently managed by father Jacques Canadell and son Frédéric, and in fact remain the premier customer of the ONF.

In 2000, the Canadell line of fine oak alternatives was born from the company’s experience and expertise in stave making. The line has since gained a reputation for quality, which is now successfully spreading throughout Europe thanks to recent winemaking legislation with regards to the use of alternatives.


Canadell begins its high-quality production process by leveraging its historic relationship with the ONF to source 100% French Oak from the finest high timber forests in France, all of which is fully traceable—from the forest to your wine cellar. Next, they take wood exclusively from the oak duramen (with no bark or sapwood) and season it for a minimum of 24 months (Staves, Fans, and Dominoes) or 36 months (Chips, Mini Chips, and Powder). When the wood has attained optimal seasoning, Canadell adheres to strict proprietary toasting regimens to carefully craft a complete line of oak alternatives—from oak powder and oak chips to dominoes and tank staves. Top-of-the-line airtight packaging ensures that all products are stored and delivered in the best possible aromatic condition.

PEFC Certification:

In order to maintain its standards for high quality, Canadell regularly selects random lots of oak for rigorous inspection and TCA analyses. Their ongoing commitment to sustainability has recently led to a PEFC certification.

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