SEGUIN MOREAU attaches fundamental importance to a tree’s geographical and botanical origins. The oak is chosen from the finest forests in the Center of France—fully grown Haute Futaie trees, 150 to 200 years old.
In the forests of Allier, Troncais, Nevers and Vosges, oak selection is carried out tree by tree on thin, sandy, poor soil, for slow and regular growth, which gives dense, tight grain rich in aromatic components and noble tannins. The grain’s texture is essential, as that will balance the air exchange between the wine and the outside atmosphere.
The cooperage purchases oak in the fall season. SEGUIN MOREAU’s experts have built up solid relations based on trust with the foresters and the agents from the O.N.F, or the Office National des Forêts (National Forestry Office).
Our purchasing policy is founded on experience, partnership and savoir faire. We work closely with foresters to ensure the highest quality wood, which is then felled in January and transported to our stave mill. There the cooperage controls the production of the rough staves from the purchasing moment on.
Our wood buyers work several years in advance—selecting the very best wood in the auctions organized by the O.N.F. and ensuring they bid for sufficient volumes to supply oak staves that will age for several years before being coopered.
The O.N.F. was set up in 1966, following from the “Maîtres des Eaux et Forêts” founded in 1291. The Haute Futaie principle of forestry management was revised in 1669 and 1789, to provide a constant and sustainable supply of structural timber.
Haute Futaie oak has a fine and regular grain, which only comes from slow growth of straight, tall trees. The clear wood, with no irregularities, offers high-quality aromatics and strong fibers.
The O.N.F. is PEFC-certified. PEFC is a system of certification for sustainable forest management, and is based on the setting up of a controlled chain from the cutting down of the trees onwards. It enables the certified wood to be identified and traced throughout all stages of its transformation.
Nearly 100% of the French oak rough staves used in the manufacture of SEGUIN MOREAU barrels come from sustainably managed forests.