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Air-flown Live French Gillardeau Speciale Oysters

The Jewel of French Gastronomic Heritage

Found¬≠ed at the end of the 19th cen¬≠tu¬≠ry, Mai¬≠son Gillardeau, cra¬≠dle of the Gillardeau oys¬≠ter, a true jew¬≠el of French gas¬≠tro¬≠nom¬≠ic her¬≠itage, has cul¬≠ti¬≠vat¬≠ed the require¬≠ment for excel¬≠lence for four generations.

Tast­ing Notes from The Curator

The Gillardeau Oys¬≠ter is one of the most pres¬≠ti¬≠gious brands from the Marennes-Ol√©ron pond in Char¬≠ente-Mar¬≠itime. Every¬≠one says that the Gillardeau Spe¬≠ciale Oys¬≠ters must be appre¬≠ci¬≠at¬≠ed with the eyes first. A con¬≠nois¬≠seur will first¬≠ly men¬≠tion that these oys¬≠ters present sub¬≠stan¬≠tial flesh; a gen¬≠er¬≠ous and pulpy flesh in a raw and bright frame. This imme¬≠di¬≠ate¬≠ly makes an impact. This volup¬≠tuous, firm, almost crunchy flesh invades the palate, cre¬≠at¬≠ing an enchant¬≠i¬≠ng expe¬≠ri¬≠ence of taste, both min¬≠er¬≠al and veg¬≠etable and is extend¬≠ed by a crescen¬≠do of del¬≠i¬≠cate¬≠ly sweet, sub¬≠tle and refined fla¬≠vors. Lin¬≠ger¬≠ing on the palate, this meaty flesh with its aro¬≠mat¬≠ic finesse and endur¬≠ing nut¬≠ty fla¬≠vor is the sig¬≠na¬≠ture taste of the Gillardeau. It will also be a source of inspi¬≠ra¬≠tion for many recipes.

Each Gillardeau oys¬≠ter is engraved with a unique ‚Äč‚ÄúG‚ÄĚ at thi¬≠er back shell, a sign of authenticity. 

Prepa­ra­tions

Gillardeau Oys¬≠ters are the type of oys¬≠ters that are of top tier qual¬≠i¬≠ty that they need to be eat¬≠en fresh to real¬≠ly appre¬≠ci¬≠ate the fla¬≠vor. To prep your oys¬≠ters, you will need an Oys¬≠ter Knife and some help¬≠ful oys¬≠ter open¬≠ing tips from Bruno Gau¬≠vain, ‚Äč‚ÄúMeilleur Ouvri¬≠er de France‚ÄĚ. 

For wine pair¬≠ings, we rec¬≠om¬≠mend part¬≠ner¬≠ing with Bil¬≠le¬≠cart Salmon- Cham¬≠pagne Brut Reserve or a Ch√Ęteau Mon¬≠te¬≠le¬≠na.

The Grand Cru of French Oysters

At the end of the 19th cen¬≠tu¬≠ry, Hen¬≠ri Gillardeau, the founder of Gillardeau, is a young farmer who can¬≠not read or write. He was pas¬≠sion¬≠ate about the Marennes flat oys¬≠ters from a very ear¬≠ly age. 30 years lat¬≠er, with the help of his wife, we find him at the head of an oys¬≠ter farm rec¬≠og¬≠nized for his moder¬≠ni¬≠ty and dynamism.

In the 1940s, Jean Gillardeau and his wife took over this fam¬≠i¬≠ly busi¬≠ness. He has the same pas¬≠sion for the oys¬≠ters. In 1978 G√©rald Gillardeau decid¬≠ed to pro¬≠duce ‚Äč‚ÄúSp√©¬≠ciales‚ÄĚ oys¬≠ters. ‚Äč‚ÄúSp√©¬≠ciales‚ÄĚ oys¬≠ters are meaty oys¬≠ters with more meat and more fla¬≠vor. G√©rald Gillardeau pro¬≠duces this oys¬≠ter, but respects the meth¬≠ods and knowl¬≠edge of his ancestors.

The ‚Äč‚ÄĚSp√©¬≠ciales Gillardeau‚ÄĚ becomes a name that will be men¬≠tioned on their menus by great chefs all over the world.

Mai¬≠son Gillardeau takes pride in the amount of time they take in select¬≠ing their oys¬≠ters with great care. They must pass a cer¬≠tain set of cri¬≠te¬≠ria and is checked for its reg¬≠u¬≠lar shape, round with a cer¬≠tain volume.

The Gillardeau Spe¬≠ciale Oys¬≠ters get their taste after var¬≠i¬≠ous treat¬≠ments, in the parks in Ire¬≠land, Scot¬≠land, Por¬≠tu¬≠gal and Utah Beach and the mat¬≠u¬≠ra¬≠tion in the claires of Marennes-Ol√©ron. These dif¬≠fer¬≠ent process¬≠es give them an extra¬≠or¬≠di¬≠nary taste, between sweet and salty and they are ten¬≠der and crispy at the same time, like a steak.

DIS­CLAIMER ON AVAIL­ABIL­I­TY OF PRE-ORDERED AIR-FLOWN ITEMS

This is a pre-ordered item at The Bow Tie Duck and will only be avail¬≠able while the pro¬≠duc¬≠er from over¬≠seas is able to sup¬≠ply and allow air-flown deliv¬≠ery. In case of deliv¬≠ery delays, deliv¬≠ery can¬≠cel¬≠la¬≠tions, ‚Äč‚Äúout of stock‚ÄĚ notices, or ‚Äč‚Äúout of sea¬≠son‚ÄĚ notices after pur¬≠chase, you will be con¬≠tact¬≠ed by our Sup¬≠port Team. You will receive a refund or prod¬≠uct replace¬≠ment, or you can choose a new deliv¬≠ery date for your item. In choos¬≠ing to place an order, you agree to the terms and have read that this par¬≠tic¬≠u¬≠lar prod¬≠uct is not on-hand. After a short wait, you will receive your orders fresh from the source.

Storage Instructions

Store your box of fresh, unshucked oys¬≠ters in your fridge, keep¬≠ing the tem¬≠per¬≠a¬≠ture between 0 to 5¬įC. Keep them cov¬≠ered with a damp cloth, flat side up, to increase shelf-life. To enjoy them at their fresh¬≠est, please con¬≠sume them with¬≠in 48 hours.

When you‚Äôre ready to shuck your oys¬≠ters, take a sharp knife (a veg¬≠etable knife or, ide¬≠al¬≠ly, an oys¬≠ter shuck¬≠ing knife) and hold the oys¬≠ter, round-side down and point¬≠ed side fac¬≠ing you, between a tea tow¬≠el. Wig¬≠gle the knife into the pointy end and twist it until the shell comes open.