Château d’Estoublon

Sauce Fine Foods are proud to offer a stunning range of 5 single named variety Chateau d’Estoublon Olive Oils from the renowned Vallee des Baux de Provence.

Château d’Estoublon olive oil is a pure first cold pressed fruit juice. No chemical products or refining processes are used in its production. It is the only olive oil that can make this boast.

Based in the small town of Fontvieille near Arlesin Provence the Château has deservedly built up a reputation for the finest olive oils. Each bottle is named with the variety of olive used. The olives are hand picked and cold pressed in the traditional way.

Varieties available at Sauce Fine Foods are:

  • Grossane: Excellent with marinated scallops, in fruit salads, particularly with strawberries
  • Salonenque: Superb with tender baby greens and for making olive oil ice cream
  • Bouteillan: Great with steamed vegetables, tomato salad and fillets of fish before serving
  • Beruguette: Wonderful for braising fish and poultry, on leeks and tomatoes, also with tea breads and spice cake.
  • Picholine: Perfect with carpaccio of fish, beef tartare with a dash of lemon, also in sherbets and ice creams.

At Estoublon, all harvesting is done by hand picking. The picking team harvests the olives using combs which they pass through the branches to dislodge the fruit, which falls into a net placed around the tree. The net protects the fruit and once sorted, with the leaves and twigs removed, the olives are taken to the mill in slatted crates.

About the Oil

The health of the fruit if simply the best guarantee of olive oil quality. The owners of Château d’Estoublon exceed the AOP requirements for processing time and their olives are processed within 24 hours!

The Best Possiblle Quality

Lying between the vineyards and the scrubland, the olive groves of the Château d’Estoublon cover more than 48 hectares classified as belonging to the Vallée des Baux de Provence Appellation d’Origine Protégée (Protected Designation of Origin). Estoublon is one of the few estates in the Alpilles region to have chosen to replant its olive trees after the big freeze of 1956. It is an estate whose history is inextricably linked to the history of olive growing inProvence.

Grossane, Salonenque, Béruguette, Picholine, Bouteillan are the five olive varieties that make up the blend and contribute to the distinctive aromas and flavours of the olive oils produced at Château d’Estoublon. The fruit are harvested when ripe, but just like wines, New Olive Oils mature over time. When harvesting begins, they must have a fair degree of sharpness, so that the taste can then stabilise over the next few months. The strong character of a young olive oil is essential for the maturity of a constantly-evolving oil. The aromas and colours of individual olive oils can change from one year to the next, and even from one plot to the next, depending on climatic factors (irrigation, exposure to the sun, etc.).

So even within a single variety, the oils produced at Château d’Estoublon can be different depending on when the fruit is harvested. These fantastic olive oils are always produced with the greatest care as we strive for perfection, they reflect the natural world and the centuries-old secrets of the olive tree.

Pure Fruit Juice

Placed on a conveyor belt, washed and separated from their leaves, the olives are crushed in a mill which transforms the pulp and pits into a thick paste. Afterwards, the paste is pressed in a worm gear unit. The oil is then left to flow out gradually for about half an hour. Lastly, it only remains for the juice from the press to be put into a centrifuge which separates the oil and water from plant matter. The whole operation takes no more than an hour.

Château d’Estoublon extra virgin olive oil is a pure first cold pressed fruit juice. No chemical products or refining processes are used in its production. This is the only oil that can make this boast.

Sealed Tanks

But the “first cold pressed” label has become somewhat devoid of meaning with respect to oil quality because all mills are equipped with presses powerful enough to extract all the oil from the paste at the first press. Instead, there are other more subtle determiners of extra virgin olive oil quality.

This is why Château d’Estoublon has chosen to enforce an extremely strict set of specifications allowing the olive grower to monitor the quality of the product at every stage in the process, from orchard to bottle. Still cloudy, the fresh oil is immediately taken to the Château d’Estoublon cellars where it will remain for several months in airtight tanks.

Bottling at the Château

Olive oil is a delicate product which is sensitive to heat and light. When stored wrongly, it can very quickly lose its fresh aromas.

For these good reasons, the owners of Estoublon have opted to personally supervise decantation operations, during which the olive oil is allowed to clarify naturally and become perfectly clear. The oil is also bottled at the Château as orders come in.

The philosophy behind Château d’Estublon olive oils is that natural aromas make magnificent oils.

At the last harvest in 2010, the Château d’Estoublon New Oils were filtered to eliminate any particles which might have remained in suspension or settled at the bottom of the standard or luxury bottles. This touch of sophistication helps us to produce crystal-clear oils, in line with buyers requirements, as we strive for a truly top-end product.

Château d’Estoublon olive oils are 100% natural with no aromas or flavours added. Their amazing flavours are gifts of nature and reflect all the distinctive characteristics of olives from the Vallée des Baux.