Château Virant is produced by a family-run business. In the 1950s, they were the first in France to cultivate both olive groves and vineyards and make use of both for commercial production.
The olives are cold-pressed on the property the same day they're picked, and the oil is kept in stainless steel vats with balloon-like coverings, protecting the contents from any exposure. The groves are maintained throughout the year with great care. Overall, Chateau Virant's strict procedures in crop management, harvest, handling of the fruit and cleanliness and speed of oil production results in top-ranking in lab analysis by the French and European Agencies.This distinctive olive oil has won many awards. It is produced in Aix-en-Provence from a blend of the two "queen" olives of Provence, the Salonenque and the Aglandau, as well as as small amount (15% total) of Picholine, Grossanne and Lucques.
Tasting Notes: at first taste, this oil has a grassy intense flavor, with a perfect little kick. it is long on the palate, where it develops into a beautiful almond finish, without any bitterness. Chateau Virant is absolutely a finishing oil. To appreciate the fullness of its flavor, it should not be heated, cooked with, or mixed with other oils.
It is wonderful over steamed vegetables or drizzled over grilled or broiled fish just before serving, and it's simply divine over pasta and salads.