Bouchard Cooperages represents highly skilled manufacturers of premium oak products and wine barrels. From tree selection in the forest to finished barrel ready for sale, quality control is foremost at every stage of production.
Always maintaining a high level of performance, the companies we represent employ many talented individuals committed to producing outstanding products. Careful management and scheduling enables us to supply wineries around the globe and provide timely delivery.
Successfully merging rich history with an exciting future, the five cooperages and a purveyor of oak alternatives represented by Bouchard Cooperages adhere to the following: they value their unique traditions, respond to market demands, and embrace developments in the industry thus improving production, keeping costs low and quality high. They are also family owned enterprises, mindful of their history and commitment to future generations.
The Company Story:
In 1981, Vincent Bouchard looked into his wine glass and saw the future: it was made of premium oak, well seasoned, perfectly toasted and crafted into a beautiful wine barrel. He envisioned a growing wine industry worldwide and a consumer market where quality mattered. With wine and wood in his bones, Vincent put his unique background and skills to work and began to export premium oak barrels from France. This was the beginning of Bouchard Cooperages, an international broker of premium French, Eastern European and American oak products, representing five fine cooperages and oak alternatives producer from France.
Bouchard Cooperages initially met the needs of winemakers by representing three Burgundian coopers, including Billon and Damy. Later, to supply the demand of an ever-growing market, the company Tonnellerie Vicard was added to the portfolio.
Over the years, the rising cost of new oak barrels has led many of Bouchard's customers to express interest in premium French Oak Alternatives. For many years, Vincent resisted working with oak alternatives because the production methods used by most manufacturers did not adhere to his high quality standards. That changed when Vincent met the Canadell family. Father Jacques and son Frédéric manage the largest independent stave mill in France, and they are one of the oldest on-going Customers of the ONF (National Office of Forests). Vincent was very impressed with the Canadells, their history of wood sourcing, their seasoning of staves, and their modern toasting technology and quality control. It is for these reasons that Vincent decided to add Canadell to the Bouchard Cooperages portfolio. Canadell produces a full line of some of the highest quality French oak chips, dominoes, powder and tank staves available today.
Always one step ahead and fully prepared to supply a constantly growing market and an increasingly demanding consumer, Bouchard Cooperages continues to put quality first and remains a leader in providing the wine industry with tradition, value and service.
The Man Behind It All:
Vincent Bouchard is the man behind the company. His rich life experiences have uniquely prepared him to be a remarkable barrel authority and a fine winemaker.
The Bouchard Cooperages team is a talented group of experienced wine industry professionals who actively manage the production and sales of fine oak barrels and oak alternatives, while maintaining the highest level of customer service.
The people who make the connections possible are crucial to the success of our business. The evolution of the barrel and oak chip from forest to winery is complex and many individuals are involved in the success of the finished product.
- One very important connection for California transport is C-Line Express.