Truffles made their first appearance during the Renaissance period and were honoured
at the court of King François 1st of France.
They come from a small Burgundy town : Is-sur-Tille near Dijon”.
But truffles have been known and used long before, as during the Roman period truffles were served at the end of the meal marinated in a ginger and cinnamon sauce or as a carrier of flavor. Romans held truffle in high respect and considerated it as a present of gods.
After the Roman period, truffles were rarely used and seemed forgotten in the culinary recipes of the Middle Age. Only during the Renaissance period, truffle regained its popularity when it appeared on the finest noble tables.
We had to wait for French gourmand Brillat Savarin to give it its noble letter again in the late 19th century.
Who we are ...
Since 5 generations, ANTIER family owns vineyard estate and grows Montlouis wines at Montlouis- sur- Loire and Lussault-sur-Loire.
Michel Antier - as the 4th generation - before stepping down to his children, decided to restructure a part of the vineyard hectares and devoted it to truffle cultivation thanks to its argilo limestone soil.
At 75 years old this epicurean and philosopher countryman was up to another and new challenge.
As a test and out of curiosity, he planted some hectares in 2004 with oak trees inoculated with certified mycorrhizae.
In 2012, with the help of his dog “ Manouche “, he discovered a magnificent truffle “ Tuber Melanosporum “
of 450 grams with an exceptional flavor, confirming his original intuition.
Today, he continues to turn some of its hectares into truffle cultivation and wants to share its passion