Air-Flown Live French Fine de Claire Oysters by David Hervé
The Original Classic
Needing little introduction, Fine de Claire oysters are David Hervé’s prized jewel. We have them in the large №1 size, slightly smaller №2, and the №3 — the perfect size for an apéritif to celebrate.
Tasting Notes from the Curator
The absolute mistress of the palate, Fine de Claire oysters are the crowning glory of the Marennes-Oléron Basin of France. Less fleshy than most oysters and possessing a translucent mantle, they are finished for at least one month in knee-deep claire (rectangular salt ponds). They are allowed to fatten and take on sweeter, fruitier flavors from the ponds. On David Hervé’s 3 hectares of marine space, these oysters are given all the space they need to become the smoothest, most balanced that they can be.
The № designate the size ( caliber ) of the oyster.
- №3 is the medium one, and the favorite caliber of the French people. Each oyster is approximately 66 – 85 grams.
- №2 is a bigger size than №3. Each oyster is approximately 86 – 110 grams.
- №1 is the 2nd to the largest size. Each oyster is approximately 111 – 150 grams.
These oysters need very little extra to enjoy them at their best. A hint of lemon, a sprinkle of salt or pepper if you like, and you’re ready to take a slip of the sea into your mouth. Add a little mignonette sauce (red wine vinegar with pepper and minced shallots) or cocktail sauce. If you prefer, bake them with cheese and other toppings as soon as possible to enjoy them at their freshest.
A Worldwide Sensation
The David Hervé family company owns extensive marine property in the Marennes-Oléron Basin to facilitate the breeding and raising of their exemplary product. But their reach also extends to Brittany, Ireland, Spain and Portugal, selecting the most beautiful specimens from ethical, high-quality farms in those regions. All their selections are finished in Saint-Just, the heart of Marennes-Oléron, to gain a unique flavor from the claire. From Paris to Grasse, Milan, Hong Kong, and now the Philippines — David Hervé brings oyster excellence to the world.
Disclaimer on Availability of Pre-Ordered Air-Flown Items
This is a pre-ordered item at The Bow Tie Duck and will only be available while the producer from overseas is able to supply and allow air-flown delivery. In case of delivery delays, delivery cancellations, “out of stock” notices, or “out of season” notices after purchase, you will be contacted by our Support Team. You will receive a refund or product replacement, or you can choose a new delivery date for your item. In choosing to place an order, you agree to the terms and have read that this particular product is not on-hand. After a short wait, you will receive your orders fresh from the source.
Store your box of fresh, unshucked oysters in your fridge, keeping the temperature between 0 to 5°C. Keep them covered with a damp cloth, flat side up, to increase shelf-life. To enjoy them at their freshest, please consume them within 48 hours. When you’re ready to shuck your oysters, take a sharp knife (a vegetable knife or, ideally, an oyster shucking knife) and hold the oyster, round-side down and pointed side facing you, between a tea towel. Wiggle the knife into the pointy end and twist it until the shell comes open.