PDO Aix-en-Provence JUG

Bombinette AOP Aix en Provence

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Our PDO Aix-en-Provence jug will add the perfect traditional touch to your country picnic or to your formal gourmet dining table. Filled with the most awarded oil in France, this rustic jug will immediately evoke the essence of Provence. You will have an original gift to discover the wonders of Provence.

The olive oil in this jug is made from olives harvested exclusively in our orchards in Provence and pressed in our mill in the heart of the Château Virant estate.

This oil, pale green in color with golden notes, presents a dominant aromatic palette of fresh grass, foliage, green apples, and almonds.

Its structure is complex, smooth, and balanced. It’s slightly bitter ardor only contributes to its robust taste.

Les olives qui sont utilisées pour produire cette huile sont ramassées tôt en saison et immédiatement transformées au moulin. La maturité organoleptique est privilégiée à la maturité physiologique.

The olives that are used to produce this oil are picked early in the season and immediately processed at the mill to ensure this unique flavor. Its slight bitterness and full body contribute to its powerful taste.

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 jug (pourquoi pas bottle tout simplement ?) 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.

Pairings

Both raw and cooked, this olive oil is remarkable with all types of salads, vegetables, and fish. It also pairs well with white and red meats, especially lamb. This oil is ideal for any purpose without question.

Awards

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 artisans 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.

Finally, PDO Aix-en-Provence olive oil is regularly presented at the Mario Solinas Competition, which is the competition of the International Olive Council of Madrid.

This particular competition may be the most demanding competition of all because the oils are judged by international “test panels” established by the International Olive Council. At each presentation, the PDO Aix-en-Provence oil has been highly awarded, winning several gold and silver medals.

Origin

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 assembled. 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.

Storage

Store oils in a cool, dry place away from light to maintain subtle flavors and nutritional benefits. If these precautions are met, the taste qualities of your oil will not be altered and you can maximize the potential of the oil beyond the given date of optimal use.

National distinction

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.

Data sheet

Appellation of originOlive oil from France, Protected Designation of Origin Aix en Provence
AssemblySalonenque, Aglandau, Picholine, Grossane, Verdale des Bouches-du-Rhône
VintageCurrent year's vintage
Oil intensityMedium
MedalGold
Dominant aromasFresh herbs, green apples and almonds
Plant
Powerful
Spicy
AreaThis oil is made from 42 hectares of olive trees.
LocationThe orchards are spread over the communes of Lançon de Provence, La Fare-les-Oliviers and Velaux.Age of the olive trees
Planting densityOur rows of olive trees are spaced 6m apart from each other and the trees in the same row have an average spacing of 5m.
FloorsThe soil is clay-limestone.
Date of harvestThe olives are harvested from mid-October to the end of November depending on their maturity
Type of cropThe entire estate is certified High Environmental Value Level 3 (HVE3), the most demanding sustainable agriculture there is.
OliveraieAix en Provence PDO olive oil is produced from the orchards of Château Virant
Age of the olive treesOur vines are on average about 60 years old, they were reborn after the frost of 1956.
SortingAfter a first visual selection, the olives are thinned out, washed to remove all impurities before being crushed
PerformanceYields vary between 4 and 8 tons/ha
MentionExtra Virgin
Type of pressingFirst cold extraction Continuous chain 12 hours after harvest
DressPale green with gold highlights
Type of filtrationPlate filter
Smoke point temperature210°
Oleic acidity< 0,3
Peroxide value< 8
Type of fruitinessFruity green
Type of harvestThe harvesting of the olives is done manually and with vibrating combs.
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Catherine F. published the 21/07/2022 following an order made on 10/07/2022

5/5

Excellente huile : enfin une huile avec du goût et 100 % française. Bravo

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Bernard E. published the 26/06/2022 following an order made on 15/06/2022

5/5

Pas essayé encore, mais j'aime bien le look et le côté un peu "pirate" du flacon qui dénote une utilisation "huile sur le tonneau". Le flacon bien roots est très sympa, il peut être réutilisé après pour d'autres choses.

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Colette B. published the 03/06/2022 following an order made on 06/05/2022

5/5

Très bon produit présenté dans un contenant bien pratique à utiliser.

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Sandra W. published the 30/05/2022 following an order made on 19/05/2022

5/5

Belle présentation.bon produit. Huile de très bonne qualité. Nous sommes contents de notre achat

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Michel R. published the 24/05/2022 following an order made on 28/04/2022

5/5

Arôme puissant fraîcheur fruité

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Hervé P. published the 20/04/2022 following an order made on 09/04/2022

5/5

Elle fera très bonne impression sur la table

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PIERRE JEAN B. published the 12/03/2022 following an order made on 01/03/2022

5/5

huile de grande qualite

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Marie-christine S. published the 27/01/2022 following an order made on 16/01/2022

5/5

parfait bien emballé livraison rapide et excellent produit

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Anonymous customer published the 17/01/2021 following an order made on 12/12/2020

5/5

joli packaging et excellent produit !

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Anonymous customer published the 09/01/2021 following an order made on 07/12/2020

5/5

Huile d'olive de qualité.

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Questions (1)

From SOUCHON Bernadette | 2022-06-07 18:40:58

Bonjour.
Peut on mettre un bec verseur en liège, sur la bobinette AOP AIX EN PROVENCE ?
Quel est le délai de conservation du bidon de 3 l ?
Merci pour votre réponse

administrator

Bonjour Madame,

Le diamètre du goulot de notre bombinette est identique à celui de nos bouteilles, vous pouvez donc utiliser un bec verseur.

La date de durabilité minimale (anciennement DLUO) de nos huiles d'olive est de deux ans à compter de la date de trituration. Comme nous ne vendons que l'huile d'olive issue de la dernière récolte, elle sera systématiquement de deux ans quelque soit le conditionnement que vous choisissez.

Si vous achetez de l'huile d'olive, l'important est de la stocker à l'abri de la chaleur et de la lumière.
Si vous souhaitez une conservation parfaite de votre huile d'olive, vous pouvez soutirer votre bidon dans des bouteilles pour éviter de le laisser en vidange.

Très cordialement.

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