These handcrafted vintage sardines (millésimées) are fished just off the coast of Saint-Gilles-Croix-de-Vie, a small community south-west of Nantes that still relies mainly on fishing today.
For this very limited series of vintage sardines, the Conserverie Perle des Dieux is collaborating with the illustrator Coralie Joulin .
The collection includes the five consecutive vintages from 2016 to 2020. So you can simply "taste" the flavor and consistency of your favorites for yourself... Also a great gift idea!
Of course also available individually.
See individual items for ingredients and nutritional information.
Shelf life: approx. 10 years, see label on the can
La Perle des Dieux was founded in 2005 in Saint-Gilles-Croix-de-Vie, a once renowned fishing port in Brittany. The two founders are Philippe Gendreau, whose family has been in the sardine business for four generations, and Claudie Vardelle, a passionate foodie and former manager of a Parisian fashion store.
The love for sardines is the engine behind la Perle des Dieux, which is why all products are carefully made by hand and only freshly caught sardines are processed. Only vintage sardines are produced, which get better and better over time, and the design of each edition comes from selected young artists. This reflects the feminine side of sardine production - because women have always worked in the factories.
All products are handcrafted from carefully selected ingredients and prepared according to old original recipes and impress with their good taste.
Manufacturer: Conserverie La Perle des Dieux, ZI de La Bégaudière, 49 Rue des Couvreurs, 85800 Saint Gilles Croix de Vie, France
Like fine wine, sardines mature over time and get better the longer they're stored. That is why the vintage of the catch is noted on many cans and one speaks of "vintage sardines". We currently have the vintages 2010 to 2014 on offer. The sardines taste best when the oil has penetrated them well from all sides. We recommend turning the can every 6 months and opening it after a year at the earliest. You will clearly taste the difference: the more mature sardines are much tenderer and more flavorful and literally melt in your mouth. Younger sardines simply have more bite, the flesh is much firmer and has not yet absorbed as much oil.
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