The Tonnellerie Rousseau is a family owned business founded by Julien Rousseau in 1954. At this time, the company has a vats building (large volume casks) and repairing activity. In 1985, of Jean-Marie Rousseau’s will, the first 228 litre French oak cask was build. Since then, Jean-Marie kept giving a fresh impetus to the company.

Today, Jean-Marie is helped with his two sons, Jean-Christophe, the Production Site Manager for Large Vats, and Frédéric, Sales Director.

The Tonnellerie Rousseau makes 10000 casks and barriques per year, and approximately 100 vats, delivered to 20 different countries in the world.

Company history :

1954 : The company is created.
1976 : The company becomes a Limited Company (3 employees).
1985 : Start of the cooperage activity (with 201 casks for the first year).
1990 : Management change with Jean-Marie as the General Director instead of Julien who retires.
2001 : Creation of the Aromatic Profiles Range. Recruitment of Jean-Christophe, who just passed his certificate in Cognac, after 2 years of training in Saint Désir de Lisieux (14).
2003 : The vats and tanks are standardized. The trade activity for Large Volume products is stopped.
2004 : Frédéric is recruited in the company. 5 employees receive the title of Meilleur Ouvrier de France (Best Craftsman of France – MOF), including Julien Rousseau the founder of the company.
2005 : The 1rst cask of the Expert Range, piano®, is launched.
2007 : Again, 5 employees receive the title of MOF, making to 10 the number of employees who have the equivalent of a Bachelor’s degree, including Jean-Marie and Jean-Christophe Rousseau (3 generations of MOF in the family).
2008 : In reference to the MOF title, the vidéo® cask is added to the Expert Range.
2010 : The founder, Julien, celebrates his 80th birthday.

 

Coopers & Vats Builders

The Tonnellerie Rousseau has always had its double activity of casks and vats manufacturer. It is the only casks and vats manufacturer in Burgundy at the moment.
The Tonnellerie Rousseau can deliver all types of barrels from 57 to 10000 litres.

To do so, we have 2 production sites :
- The first one in Couchey, which is the key point of the cooperage industry, and where the barrels between 57 and 600 litres are made.
- The second one in Fixin, where all the large vats are made, such as the truncated vats, the round and oval tuns with a capacity of 1000 litres and over.