Moulin Cornille's richly flavored oil comes from the picturesque olive groves around Les Baux de Provence. This particular terroir, renowned enough for its oils to have earned appellation status in 1997, lies in the shadow of the limestone peaks of the Alpilles mountains, where olive trees thrive in the hot, dry Mediterranean climate. A blend of five olive varieties are picked ripe to create this smooth, velvety oil without a hint of bitterness. It is bottled unfiltered for your drizzling pleasure.
Trust the great winemakers, trust the great vineyards. Your wine merchant might even be trustworthy. In the long run, that vintage strip may be the least important guide to quality on your bottle of wine.—Kermit Lynch