From the Middle Ages to the dawning of the 21st century, the history of Estoublon has always been inextricably intertwined with the history of the land of Provence. Since the 4th of January 1999, the fate of the chateau lies in the hands of the Schneider family. A new chapter is underway for this estate in the very heart of the Alpilles range. Its future, placed under the sign of reconstruction and renovation, has begun.
The Chateau d’Estoublon is located on the southern slopes of the Alpilles mountain range, near the village of Fontvieille. It lies within the geographical territory defined as the Appellation d’Origine controlee Vallee des Baux de Provence. The history of the estate, sometimes peaceful, often marked by war, conflict, and successive frosts, is closely linked to the history of the Vallee des Baux de Provence itself, where the estate is undoubtedly one of the most outstanding sites.
The Estoublon olive orchards cover 48 hectares (approximately 118 acres), divided into 12 different parcels. The olive groves contain approximately 6,700 olive trees with 5 different varieties of olive, Bouteillan, Grossane, Salonenque, Béruguette and Picholine. Each variety of olive is harvested by hand, separately so each one is picked at its optimal level of ripeness. The harvest starts in November and ends during January. Then the Estoublon olives are crushed and pressed individually for the best results and each of the varietal oils are stored in separate tanks until it is time for bottling.
Estoublon’s Picholine extra-virgin olive oil is a pungent, fiery, and peppery monovartietal olive oil. It is a strong oil that is also a wonderful flavor enhancer for other ingredients on the plate (which is why is it so loved by French chefs in general). When sprinkled on young vegetables, La Picholine brings out an almost lettuce-like flavor. Estoublon’s Picholine also goes well on carpaccio, steak tartare (with a slice of lemon)