A L'Olivier, Paris, France
The Tastes: Founded in Paris in 1822, A L'Olivier is France's most respected producer of specialty oils and vinegars. Jérôme Blanvillain's interest in infusing fresh herbs into high-quality extra virgin olive oil led to the development of a vacuum-sealing process that has become one of A L'Olivier's modern signatures. Oils are infused during the peak season for that particular herb, harvested by nearby farmers within days of infusion. French Lavender, Porcini & Black Truffle, Garlic & Thyme, and Basil burst from these oils to deliver the best of the season to your table. Choose A L'Olivier's Passion Fruit, Raspberry, or Fig Fruit Vinegar and you'll experience 40% fruit pulp that delivers bright, lively flavor and makes for luxurious sauces.
The Story: In 1978, Jean-Claude Blanvillain bought A L'Olivier. Twenty years ago, the senior Blanvillain retired and left the business in the capable hands of brothers Jérôme and Benoît, who work on different aspects of the business, still valuing taste and quality above all else. Together, the brothers have expanded exporting, and company operations reach across France.