|Type:||Extra Vigin Olive oil|
|Date of harvest:||October/November|
A supreme Tuscan extra virgin olive oil, powerful and very harmonious, for meat, soups, rice and pasta.
Villa Magra Grand Cru is the flagship premium extra virgin olive oil of Frantoio Franci. It is also widely viewed as the pioneer in the production of Italian olive oils of the highest quality and ranks as one of the most awarded oils in the world over the past 10 years. It is produced from a small dedicated grove at a 350 metre heights on the hills of Monetenero d’orcin in Tuscany. The intense green oil is produced from hand-picked Frantoio olives. Its taste is powerful, spicy and bitter with an excellent harmony, great complexity of vegetable scents with long persistence of soft aromatic notes. We recommend it with vegetable soups, red meats or on very tasty fish; in combination with fresh cheeses such as raveggiolo or mozzarella that exalt the fresh-vegetable component of the oil, on ricotta tortillas and spinach, rice or white pasta with parmigiano.
Villa Magra Grand Cru received its first international recognition with the 1st International Tasting Award for the Best Olive Extra Virgin Olive Oil, organized by Grand Jury Européen at Chateau Branire in June 2003. In October 2003, Grand Jury Européen president Francois Mauss proposed and organized an exchange between 100 bottles of Olive Oil Villa Mazda Gran Cru, with 100 bottles of large Bordeaux, including Latour, Lafite, Petrus, Cheval Blanc.
It is produced by Frantoio Franci, one of Italy’s most renowned olive oil producers. The farm, based near Montalcino in Montenero d’Orcia is currently managed by Giorgio Franci, having taken over from his father Fernando. The mill quickly became famous through its flagship Villa Magra Grand Cru, which has long been regarded as the pioneer on the segment of olive oils of the highest quality. Frantoio Franci progressively expanded its range to cover a large selection of oil form delicate to intense. It is one of of the most awarded olive oil producers in Italy and has received the highest score of 98/98 by Flos Olei, the international olive oil guide.
See our Artisan Producer page for more information about Frantoio Franci.
Aroma: fresh, intensely grassy with predominant aroma of artichoke, cardoon and green almond, enhanced by floral and cherry hints which create an extremely complex bouquet.
Taste: ample, with strong and decisive spice and bitterness, overlaid with excellent harmony, great complexity of herbaceous hints and long persistence of smooth aromatic notes.