Everything starts with forest. Our heritage and our future.
For over 200 years, the Charlois family has enjoyed a priceless, natural heritage where oak reigns supreme. Based in Murlin in the Nivernais countryside and within the Bertranges Forest, the Charlois Group has access to groves where the most beautiful oak specimens in France thrive.
Founded in 1928 by Eugène Charlois, Maison Charlois specialised in selecting oak trees, splitting and naturally seasoning the staves. It became the premier forestry operator in terms of volume in France and the unrivalled leader on the French stave market.
The heir to this expertise and reputation, today Sylvain Charlois drives the Charlois Group forward. A creative and innovative mind, he draws inspiration from the oaks themselves, to perpetuate and develop each business.
Whilst firmly establishing the Charlois Group in the 21st century, Sylvain Charlois carefully maintains historic family values and expertise. “With us, everything begins with oak. It is an infinite source of inspiration. It guides how we create, with perfection and rigour. And we make sure that every process and transformation is worthy of its nobility,” he explains.
Since 2006, the Charlois Group has embraced a range of complimentary activities. This tree-like structural savoir-faire incorporates stave production, cooperage, production of oak products for the wine industry, railway sleepers as well as a laboratory specialising in the food sciences.
In 2016, the oak’s nobility encouraged the Charlois Group to join the world of luxury with the creation of La Chênaie, a brand of cosmetics made with a patented oak extract, a result of anti-ageing research, and also La Grange, a prestigious cooperage brand with barrels made by hand by artisan craftsmen, all Meilleurs Ouvriers de France. Two exceptional activities which reflect the excellence of the Charlois Group.