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Tonnellerie Leroi/Charlois Cooperage USA Unveils Three New Products for the 2014 Unified Wine & Grape Symposium

Posted on January 27, 2014

Tonnellerie Leroi will represent the Vinification Intégral system in North America, which has proven itself over the past decade in France.

“Current winemaker clients have agreed, when using this system, that their wines are rounder, more voluminous, more complex and have greater aromatic accuracy with a silky finish,” said Michael Mercer, North American sales director.

Barrels equipped with the Vinification Intégrale system are easily transformed into traditional maturing barrels. The high-quality stainless steel winemaking equipment  can then be re-installed in a new barrel to create a new Vinification Intégrale system.

Leroi Barrels will also introduce for the 2014 vintage a new barrel called Tradition. The Leroi Tradition barrel will be a selection of medium to wide grain French Oak staves that are seasoned for a minimum of 24 months and provide quicker impact for faster integration into the wines.

“Some of our clients have been asking for a quick impact barrel and with the outstanding results from the barrel trials, we are confident that the Tradition barrel will have fantastic results for wines aging 6 to 10 months,” said Mercer.

Charlois Cooperage USA will produce Eastern European barrels for the 2014 vintage in a Bordeaux or Burgundy format. “We have had excellent feedback from our barrel trials and will make this a standard offering going forward from our cooperage in California," said Mercer. Charlois Cooperage’s price point will be very aggressive to increase awareness and generate quick interest of these new Hungarian Oak barrel produced in the states.

About Tonnellerie Leroi and Charlois Cooperage USA

With a mission to manufacture only the finest oak barrels both in the France and the USA, Tonnellerie Leroi and Charlois Cooperage USA are owned by Groupe Charlois. Groupe Charlois, a leader in the industry of French oak stave production with 6,600m3 produced each year. The Charlois family has been working as a merrandier for generations, in Nièvre, the first oak forest in France. For more information, visit or

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