Château d’Estoublon For the Discriminating Palate
Château d’Estoublon is a glorious site, nestled in the Provence region of Southern France, in the town of Fontvieille. The grounds are spacious and the Château itself has been recently renovated to bring it back to is original grandeur. It is known for it’s superior olive oils that are made the “old way”. This means that the olives are hand picked each fall, and are pressed within 24 hours. There is no refining, no chemicals added, and the oil is not filtered before bottling.
Château d’Estoublon is truly a family affair…owned by Earnest Schneider and run by his daughter, Valerie and son-in-law, Rémy Reboul. Besides top quality olive, they bottle one red and one white wine each year. For those, like me, who do not indulge in alcoholic beverages, they make a marvelous rose sparkling grape. Let me tell you, once you’ve tasted this, you can’t go back to the stuff you get in the grocery store. It is so good that it’s almost sinful.
Valerie brought great fashion and design to the operation, by creating the plan for the beautiful perfume style bottles, for many of the oils produced from their groves.
Château d’Estoublon also makes a red wine vinegar and like the olives, the vinegar is, what I guess you’d call, pure – as it is made from grapes that are grown organically, and it contains no preservatives and no sulphite. It’s unique taste comes from the vinegar being fermented in large wooden barrels. I myself can attest that it is wonderful. It has a slight peppery taste. It is fantastic on green salads and (this might sound crazy, but I read about it and had to give it a try), on fresh fruits. Just add some cheese, and some toasted nuts, and you have a meal fit for royalty.
The family lives in the Château, but they open the properties to visitors, both tourists and those who book the site for weddings and other affairs. There is a small shop that is open to the public, where one can purchase oils ,wine and vinegar, along with other types of condiments such as honey, olives and jams (yes, made of olives too).
If you are a connoisseur of fine foods, then the wares from Château d’Estoublon is sure to please. And if you have someone special on your holiday shopping list, one of their elegant boxed sets would make the foodie in your life very very happy indeed.
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