La Grande Epicerie, the food hall of Le Bon Marché department store, is fine for one-stop pantry stocking, but it’s the tiny shops, the real specialists, that I love. One of my favorites: Huilerie J. Leblanc.
Leblanc makes olive oil, mustards, and vinegars, but their real specialty is nut oils. This is the kind of product that is so pure and so flavorful that it tastes more like the thing than the thing itself. The huile de noisette more concentrated than any hazelnut, the huile d’amande grillé fragrant enough to make me think there are almonds in the oven.
The Leblanc oil mills are located in Iguerande, a village in the southwest corner of Burgundy, where they’ve been carefully roasting and pressing the finest almonds, hazelnuts, walnuts, peanuts and pistachios since 1878. From that tiny town, the Leblanc family’s oils find there way to top restaurant tables around the world.
And to mine.
Huilerie J. Leblanc 6 Rue Jacob, Paris 75006, +33 (0)1 46 34 61 55