Cooperage

Our Wood

We primarily use oak from the ancient Tronçais forests in Allier, near Burgundy in central France, to make casks worthy of our cognac. Our Master Blender and his expert team hand select trees up to 200 years old, which they prize for their soft tannins and fine grain, which adds a superb complexity and finesse to our ageing cognac. We carefully cultivate and replant all the magnificent oak trees we use to ensure we have enough for future generations under the guidance of the National Office of Forestry (ONF).

Splitting our wood

Only about 20% of the oak trunks our coopers carefully choose eventually become staves for our cognac. They use only the heartwood and sapwood of the wood, ensuring it's free from knots and imperfections. Then, respecting generations of tradition, the oak is expertly split into long strips to ensure the grain is straight before being sawn by eye into exact stave lengths.

Drying our staves

Once cut, the oak staves are dried naturally for a minimum of three years in the fresh French air before they are considered in good enough condition to be used to age our eaux-de-vie. This natural weathering by sun and rain remove many of the soluble elements in the wood, including the bitter tannins that might affect the final taste of our cognac.

The cooperage

The cooperage is where our coopers painstakingly handcraft the casks to our own exacting specifications to ensure they're in the best possible condition to house our eaux-de-vie throughout their long ageing journey. Our coopers transform about 5,000 oak trees a year into casks for our Courvoisier cognac.

The cooperage

The cooperage is where our coopers painstakingly handcraft the casks to our own exacting specifications to ensure they're in the best possible condition to house our eaux-de-vie throughout their long ageing journey. Our coopers transform about 5,000 oak trees a year into casks for our Courvoisier cognac.

Toasting our barrels

To create casks, our coopers hoop the air-dried oak staves over a fire made with wood shavings and oak pieces. They have to constantly moisten and heat the wood to gently bend it into the traditional curved shape. A wire rope is then placed around the cask's base during toasting and progressively tightened to bring the staves closer together before finally joining them perfectly, without the need for nails or glue.

Courvoisier® Cognac and Liqueur, 18-40% alc./vol. Courvoisier Import Company, Deerfield, IL USA

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