Indigenous "Single Varietal" Olive Oils from Saint Rémy de Provence

Founded in 2000 by Anne and Gilles Brun in Saint Rémy de Provence, Moulin du Calanquet reintroduced several indigenous olives back into production. Many that had not been cultivated for production in 40 years. They are 5th generation farmers in Saint Rémy de Provence. Their attachment to the land, respect for family values and traditions, are the foundations for the company.

Le Moulin du Calanquet has a grove of more than 10,000 trees, which were planted in 1997. It consists of traditional regional varieties: Aglandau, Salonenque, Grossane, Verdale and Picholine. Its specificity is to produce single variety olive oils in addition to an assembly. This orientation allows to discover the many flavors and aromas of each variety to be able to associate them with different dishes.

Its name comes from the Provençal word Calanquet "calan" a rock in which to shelter from the Mistral winds.
 

Assemblage

Grossane, Verdale, Aglandau, Salonenque and Picholine are all local varieties of Alpilles. The most numerous in our village are Salonenque, Aglandau and Grossane. Picholine represents about 5% of the plantations in our area while Verdale was replanted after 1956.

Anlandau

Olive of French origin, with dual capabilities, olive oil and confectionery table olives. It is a rustic variety that keeps well. It has bright fruit on the palette, marked by aromas of raw artichoke or freshly cut grass. It is also characterized by a medium to intense aroma and flavor. 

Salonenque

Olive of French origin. Its cultivation is concentrated in the Bouches-du-Rhône where it occupies 66% of the  area. Pleasant as a table olive and is famous for the crushed olives of the region. Marked by its smoothness on the palate as well as the aromas of fresh almonds. This is a very harmonious oil both its light fruitiness and finesse.

Picholine

Olive of French origin. Is well established in the Gard, the Bouches-du-Rhône and Var. A hardy variety capable of adapting to different environments but quite demanding to farm. Picholine is mainly used for table olives. Its oil is of excellent quality and extraction difficult. Hints of dried fruit and pepper with a very strong finish.

Verdale 

Olive of French origin. A very typical varietal to the Rhone delta and easily recognizable by its white dots. Verdale is used only in the manufacture of oil. With a average yield, it provides an excellent quality oil. It has a very light fruitiness without the herbaceous flavors of cut grass and green apple.

Grassane

Olive of French origin and produced exclusively in the Bouches du Rhône mainly for the productionof black olives and are appreciated for their particularly sweet flavor. For the production of oil, Grossane gives a low yield with a finely flavored juice. It is without bitterness or pungency. Very buttery aromas of sweet almond. Soft and harmonious.