François Frères


A hundred years of expertise and excellence in the world of cooperage, François Frères is Burgundy’s leading supplier of barrels sought after by the world’s most renowned winemakers.

Through the experience of four generations François Frères has consolidated the importance elements of log selection, stave milling and traditional coopering skills practiced today by craftsmen seeking perfection. The result is a special barrel consistently able to age fine wine and develop it to its potential sought after by the world’s most renowned winemakers. Our traditional toasts are Light (LT), Medium Light (MLT), Medium (MT), Medium Plus (M+) and Heavy (HT).

Technical Data


› Saint-Romain, Burgundy, France.
› 47°00’27.9″N
› 4°42’45.8”E
› Staves are seasoned on site, at the cooperage.


› Rainfall: average 173 rainy days per year
  Monthly precipitation:
› 80-100mm per month, Oct-March (Winter)
› 50-70mm per month, April-August (Summer)


› Average minimum temperature: 8.0° celcius
› Average maximum temperature: 17.0° celcius


› 225l Bordeaux, 6 hoops, 27mm staves, 49kg
› 228l Burgundy, 8 hoops, 27mm staves, 50kg
› 300l Hogshead, 8 hoops, 27mm staves, 61kg
› 500l Puncheon, 8 hoops, 27mm staves, 78kg


› Two year minimum open air seasoning at the Cooperage.
  A 100% natural approach in the fresh air requires no intervention (such as water sprinkling).
› By dehydrating naturally, the wood fibres tighten and become more water-proof.
  As the water leaches out, the wood is cleansed of all the elements capable of making
  the wine taste bitter and it develops complex aromatic precursors.


› Exclusively fire bent staves


› Medium Open
› Medium
› Medium Tight
› Tight
› Very Tight
› Hand Select


› Light
› Medium
› Medium Plus
› Heavy
› Light Long (LX)
› Medium Light-Long (MLX)
› Medium Long (MX)
› Toasted Heads available.

Product List

225 litre Bordeaux Export
228 litre Burgundy Export
300 litre Hogshead
350 litre
500 litre Puncheon

225 litre Bordeaux Export
228 litre Burgundy Export
300 litre Hogshead Export
350 litre
500 litre Puncheon Export

225 litre Bordeaux Export
228 litre Burgundy Export

225 litre
228 litre
300l Hogshead

225 litre
228 litre
300l Hogshead

Customer References

Some recent François Frères customer references


Domaine Pierre Yves Colin-Morey
Domaine Jean Marc Pillot
Domaine Bruno Colin
Domaine Paul Pillot
Domaine Ramonet
Domaine Marc Colin
Domaine Hubert Lamy
Domaine d’Auvenay (Leroy)
Domaine Etienne Sauzet
Domaine Carillon
Domaine Leflaive
Domaine Henri Boillot
Domaine Coche Dury
Domaine Pierre Morey
Domaine Bonneau du Martray
Domaine De La Pousse D’or
Domaine de Montille
Domaine de Courcel
Maison Bouchard Père & Fils
Maison Chanson
Maison Joseph Drouhin
Maison Bichot
Maison Camille Giroud
Domaine Nicolas Rossignol
Domaine Tollot Beaut


Domaine De La Romanée Conti
Domaine Leroy
Domaine Méo Camuzet
Domaine du Comte Liger Belair (Château de Vosne Romanée)
Domaine Lamarche
Domaine Confuron Cotetidot
Domaine Anne Gros
Domaine Mugneret Gibourg
Domaine de la Vougeraie
Domaine Lecheneault
Maison Faiveley
Domaine Prieure Roch
Domaine Georges Roumier
Domaine Comte de Voguë
Domaine Jacques Frédéric Mugnier (Château de Chambolle)
Domaine du Clos des Lambrays (LVMH)
Clos de Tart
Domaine Armand Rousseau
Domaine Bernard Dugat Py
Domaine Denis Mortet
Domaine Claude Dugat
Domaine Damoy


Domaine Cos d’Estournel
Château Latour
Château Pédeclaux
Château Lilian Ladouys
Château Maucailloux
Château Lynch Bage
Château Talbot
Château Pontac Lynch
Château Suduiraut
Château Lafaurie Peyraguet


Maison Delas
Cave de Tain l’Hermitage
Domaine Emmanuel Darnaud
Domaine Maxime et Alain Graillot
Maison Jaboulet
Château La Nerthe
Château Mont Redon
Domaine Beaurenard
Vignobles Jérôme Quiot