Family Reserve Olive Oil
PDO Aix-en-Provence olive oil comes in different sized packages: small, medium, and large containers as well as in smaller decorative bottles and carafes. All contain the most highly awarded olive oil in all of France. Since 1996, this oil has won gold in national and international competitions. We are so proud of this oil, harvested exclusively in our orchards in Provence and pressed in our mill in the heart of the Château Virant estate.
In this elegant bottle, you will be presented with a taste of the most decorated olive oil in France. Excellent to compliment meals or to experience as part of a tasting among friends, this bottle will serve as an excellent introduction into our famous PDO Aix-en-Provence oil. Indeed, after sampling this bottle, many of our customers graduate to purchasing greater quantities of this oil, in the medium or large bottle canister containers.
Our PDO Aix-en-Provence olive oil is made from olives harvested exclusively in the hillside orchards of Château Virant and pressed in our mill here in the heart of our property.
To produce this select oil, these olives are harvested early in the season and the oil presents as pale green in color with golden reflections.
The dominant aromas are fresh grass, foliage, green apple, and almond on the nose and palate.
The structure is complex, smooth, and balanced. It’s slight bitterness contributes to its overall complexity.
Christine Cheylan is responsible for the production of all of the estate’s oils. In the mill, she processes the fruits that her brother Pascal has so carefully tended throughout the year. In a careful process, she extracts the oil from the fruit and filters it carefully to produce the oils of such national and international renown.
The history of the most awarded olive oil in France:
Each year, from the 36 hectares of olive trees on the estate, we harvest a variety of olives to process. Each type of oil may vary slightly, depending on the time of the harvest, the blending of varieties, and the weather of a particular year. No matter the conditions, come harvest time, our tanks are always full. Some will offer rounder, more complex oils, while others will be full with lighter, more herbaceous oils.
The oil offered in this canister is our personal favorite, the one that we use at our own table. It is the indisputable favorite of the Cheylan family.
And such agreement is not easy in a family with very different personalities!
We often use this oil to dip with bread as an aperitif. We also use it in family recipes, and as a finishing touch to a special dish. It is the one oil that unites us, and it is the one that we share with our friends.
We recommend using this oil to compliment all types of salads, raw vegetables, and raw and cooked fish. This olive oil is remarkable with all types white and red meats, especially lamb.
Château Virant has been issued an HVE3 certification by the French government. This label is only obtained after achieving the highest level of environmental certification for farms in France. This label identifies farms that adhere to sustainable production standards and careful management of natural resources.
Since its creation in 1996, the PDO Aix-en-Provence Château Virant olive oil has been awarded the gold medal at the Concours Général Agricole de Paris, making it the most awarded oil in France.
The Concours Général Agricole de Paris allows farmers to compete against their peers who produce similar products. Each year, Château Virant wins medals in this competition for its wines and oils, making it one of the most awarded estates in France.
In addition to the CGA, the PDO Aix-en-Provence olive oil regularly wins the gold medal in the competition of oils from the South Provence-Alpes Côte d'Azur (PACA) region.
This regional competition rewards producers from the PACA region, which accounts for more than 2/3 of the French olive oil industry. This competition presents an array of products from Provence, allowing artisans from throughout the region to showcase their bounty for judging. The jurors are all knowledgeable professionals, which grants greater significance to the winners.
Aix-en-Provence PDO olive oil was also awarded a silver medal in 2020 at the London Olive Oil competition, a competition of the best European olive oils.
This particular competition is intended only for professionals and thus allows importers to obtain reliable technical information about the quality of the oils.
Also in 2020, PDO Aix-en-Provence olive oil won a silver medal in the Olive Oil Japan competition.
An international competition, where global entrants compete against the over 700 extra virgin oils sold in Japan. Medaling in this particular competition recognized Château Virant as a strong player in the international olive industry.
All of our olive oils are labeled Olive Oil from France. This is our guarantee that our select olive oils are made from olives harvested from the olive groves at the Château Virant estate, in the very heart of Provence.
How it's made
To make our PDO Aix-en-Provence olive oil, we begin by visually checking the quality of the olives that arrive at the mill. We remove the berries and discard any damaged fruit.
The olives are then stripped of their leaves, washed with clean water, and crushed.
The resulting paste is kneaded and then the oil is separated mechanically by means of centrifugal force.
Next, our oils are placed in vats where they are filtered. Finally, they will be bottled and packaged for sale.
At Château Virant, we only sell vintage oils, which means we only offer fresh oil made from the olives that were harvested in the same year.
Store oils in a cool, dry place to maintain the subtle flavors and nutritional benefits. By following these simple precautions, the taste qualities will not be compromised and the shelf life of the oil can be extended.
A Living Heritage Company
Thanks to its renowned oil mill, which is one of the largest in France, the Château Virant is the first estate in France to have been awarded the Entreprise du Patrimoine Vivant (EPV) label.
A little bit like monuments designated as national heritage sites, this label recognizes companies that serve as representatives of excellence in French craftsmanship and enterprise.
Culinary College of France
Since 2018, all of our olive oils have been recognized by the Culinary College of France. Created by internationally renowned chefs Alain Ducasse, Thierry Marx, Joël Robuchon and Yannick Alléno, this institution promotes French gastronomy throughout the world. With its judiciously recognized products, the Culinary College of France celebrates the heritage of French artisanal cuisine.
|Appellation of origin||Olive oil from France, Protected Designation of Origin Aix en Provence|
|Assembly||Salonenque, Aglandau, Picholine, Grossane, Verdale des Bouches-du-Rhône|
|Vintage||Current year's vintage|
|Dominant aromas||Fresh herbs, green apples and almonds
|Area||This oil is made from 42 hectares of olive trees.|
|Location||The orchard is located in the commune of Lançon de Provence.|
|Planting density||Our rows of olive trees are spaced 7 m apart and the trees in the same row have an average spacing of 6 m.|
|Floors||The soil is clay-limestone, with filtering and stony soils.|
|Date of harvest||The olives are harvested from mid-October to mid-November depending on their maturity|
|Type of crop||The entire estate is certified High Environmental Value Level 3 (HVE3), the most demanding sustainable agriculture there is.|
|Oliveraie||The PDO Aix en Provence olive oil is produced from the orchards of Château Virant on the hillside overlooking the property.|
|Age of the olive trees||Our olive trees are all from the 1956 frost and come in bunches.|
|Sorting||After a first visual selection, the olives are thinned out, washed to remove all impurities before being crushed|
|Performance||Yields vary between 4 and 8 tons/ha|
|Type of pressing||First cold extraction Continuous chain 12 hours after harvest|
|Dress||Pale green with gold highlights|
|Type of filtration||Plate filter|
|Smoke point temperature||210°|
|Oleic acidity||< 0,3|
|Peroxide value||< 8|
|Type of fruitiness||Fruity green|
|Type of harvest||The harvesting of the olives is done manually and with vibrating combs.|
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Anonymous customer published the 08/07/2020 following an order made on 10/05/2020
L'huile AOP Aix-en-Provence, peut-elle être utilisée également pour la pâtisserie?
Merci pour votre réponse
Bien cordialement Nicole REYNAUD
Vous pouvez utiliser l'huile d'olive AOP Aix-en-Provence pour la pâtisserie.
Cependant, si vous souhaitez une huile d'olive plus douce, découvrez notre huile d'olive Salonenque. Plus ardente, ce sera notre huile d'olive aglandau.
L'AOP Aix-en-Provence étant le parfait équilibre entre nos deux autres fruités verts.