About Bouchard Cooperages
Our Fine Products
Price Lists
Barrel Care and Repair
News & Research
Frequently Asked Questions
Contact Us
Worldwide Sales Homepage
Bouchard Cooperages: International brokers of fine quality oak wine barrels

Vicard Tonnelleries


Vicard Tonnelleries is a family owned and operated cooperage in Cognac with an annual production of over 60,000 French, Eastern European and American oak barrels. Their barrels are sold all over the Vicard logoworld and are especially in demand by producers of red wine, particularly Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. The Vicard cooperage is run by Jean Louis Vicard, Export and Sales Manager, and Jean Charles Vicard, Quality Control Manager.

The Vicard family has worked hard to achieve excellence Vicard teamand in 1995, the company was ranked the 5th most successful business in France by L'Enterprise magazine. In 1995, Vicard was awarded an ISO 9002 certificate by the Bureau Veritas Qualité International (BVQI), for "the manufacture and sale of new French oak barrels that are naturally dried". This guarantees qualityof both product and service from the Vicard company. Their recipe for success: careful management of wood stock needs, a keen understanding of French and international markets and years of experience and knowledge in the wine barrel business.

Visit Vicard's own website.


Several innovations have been implemented at Vicard, one of which is an Mr. Vicardautomated toasting production line. This state of the art facility utilizes a patented process to toast barrels to a specific temperature, duration and percentage of humidity during firing. This patented process is guided by a computer, which monitors the temperature and adjusts the fuel and air for each production run. The barrels rest on a mechanical turntable, which rotates around a chaufferette (toasting fire).

Jean-Charles Vicard is very proud of this new state of the art toasting facility, as it assures consistency on production runs of 1 to 1000 barrels. It is the culmination of years of insight, innovation and the collaboration of talented people.

The current production is approximately 60,000 French, Eastern European and American oak barrels per year, with the capacity to produce 80,000 – 120,000 barrels, puncheons and tanks.

Jean Charles

Recommended varietals for use with these barrels:

  • Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot
  • Syrah, Nebbiolo, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir
  • Dessert Semillon

Barrels Available:


Bouchard Cooperages