Caught between June and July by the Concarnois purse seiners on the Atlantic coast, the fresh sardines are carefully selected to fill these boxes in limited editions. Notice to collectors!
”Les Mouettes d'Arvor” is the premium brand of Conserverie Gonidec, a family business founded in 1959 and now managed by husband and wife team Jacques and Valérie Gonidec. Gonidec is the only company in Concarneau that still makes its canned fish the traditional way. The fish (sardines, mackerel, tuna, anchovies) are caught off the Brittany coast, carefully selected, transported to the factory overnight and immediately processed there. There they are cleaned by hand and sorted by size, then fried in oil and placed in the cans by hand.
This traditional production gives the fish an incredible aroma and firm flesh. With the exquisite combination of quality, taste and tradition, "Les Mouettes d'Arvor" have enjoyed a high reputation for 50 years.
Each year, the company releases several specially designed vintage sardine tins that are coveted by collectors.
Manufacturer: SA CONSERVES GONIDEC, 2 Rue Henri Fabre, 29900 CONCARNEAU, 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.