The Ostra Regal de l’anse, the first jewel of the Boutrais family, is an extraordinary product intended for the best connoisseurs of the oyster farming industry. This exceptional super special oyster is known for its high flesh content and its sweet, subtle and well-balanced taste.

The production process of an Ostra Regal oyster is long and technical. After a year spent in the parks of Clew Bay, the seed of Vendée origin has become a half-breeding of around 3 to 4 cm. It is sorted according to its size and quality. We select the “sulky”; these are the rounder and smaller oysters that are also called “lot tails”. They have the particularity of being slow to grow and therefore concentrate their energy on fattening rather than making the shell.

The selected half-breeding is moved to the Bannow conch where it will be reared for two years and handled more than sixty times. Indeed, thanks to our conch maturing method, the Ostra Regal acquires exceptional organoleptic properties, a crunchy texture; a unique sweet – iodine taste, an incredible length in the mouth. The craftsmanship and meticulous selection of our Family results in a super special four-year-old oyster.

Technical characteristics

Flesh rate: 15%

Age: 4 years old

Type: conch shoot

Naissain: France

Semi-aging terroir: Clew Bay, Ireland

Growing area: Conche de Bannow, Ireland

Taste

Iodized and rocky attack, giving way to a powerful flavor, very algal at the end of the mouth. It is a crunchy and sweet oyster, with a slight nutty taste, making this product a real delicacy of the sea.

The visual aspect

Its pearly shell encloses a fleshy oyster with immaculate white muscle contrasting with the dark ends of the mantle.

Sélection OR, the quintessence of production

The Gold Selection is the quintessence of our production, it represents less than 5% of the production of Ostra Regal each year.

This exceptional oyster is obtained after three sorting stages carried out at different stages of production. In the park: we select the best lots, generally they are the most exposed to sea swells. During the calibration, we only retain the heaviest oysters. During packaging, only the roundest and most rounded oysters are kept, thus announcing a very high flesh ratio.

The Sélection OR is therefore the top of the range of our 4-year-old production. These oysters are shipped with 22 karat edible gold flakes on them, which allows them to be spotted and distinguished for their quality when displayed in restaurants. While some will make the mistake of seeing nothing but powder in the eyes, others will see that the nugget is inside.

Technical Specifications

Flesh rate: 16 – 18.5%

Age: 4 years old

Type: conch shoot

Naissain: France

Semi-aging terroir: Clew Bay, Ireland

Growing area: Conche de Bannow, Ireland

Taste

Like the Ostra Regal, we discover an iodine and rocky attack, giving way to a powerful flavor, very algal at the end of the palate. It is a crunchy and sweet oyster, with a slight nutty taste. The taste of the Gold Selection is even finer and makes this product a luxury dish.

The visual aspect

The perfect teardrop shape of its round, domed pearly shell encloses a fleshy oyster with pristine white muscle contrasting with the dark ends of the mantle.

The secret of a know-how

The terroirs

The Clew Bay site

It is in the immense natural bay of Clew Bay that the Super Special Ostra Regal oysters are grown.

Oysters arrive in a spat state. For two to three years, they feed on abundant minerals and plankton.

In the cold, choppy waters of Clew Bay, oysters experience the harsh North Atlantic storms, mild winters and wet summers of County Mayo.

This gigantic natural ocean bay is a magnificent place sheltered by a string of islets. Indeed, these divide and segment the swell. In this vastness, the sectoral micro-waves created by the wind roll the small oysters against each other, slowing their growth and polishing their shape. The low concentration of oyster farms and exposure to the ocean allow the mixing of water and the preservation of a purity favorable to breeding. Close to peatlands, the bay provides natural nutrients and trace elements. At Clew Bay, the oysters are reared for up to 18 months and then re-parked in Bannow to rear the Ostra Regal oyster.

Bannow's conch, south of Ireland

Bannow’s Conch is an exceptional terroir located in the south-east of Ireland. A space classified as a Special Bird Protection Area, Bannow Bay is set against the backdrop of the Hook Peninsula, where Ireland’s oldest lighthouse stands.

The conch is similar to a large natural clear. Enclosed inland, this bird reserve of more than 10,000 hectares has as its only link with the sea a mouth that is about a hundred meters wide. Despite its semi-closed character and its gigantic surface, Bannow’s conch empties and fills up entirely with each tide allowing a continual renewal of the waters.

A few rivers and streams run off both sides, supplying the oysters with fresh water as well as nutrients, minerals and trace elements.

The clay-limestone soil allows good flow but retains them until the next tide. There is a very high concentration of plankton in the conch due to sunlight and brackish water. All of these conditions allow the Boutrais Family to raise the Ostra Regal. The breeding density is two oysters per square meter. The oyster is handled over fifty times to contain shell growth and promote fattening. Two daily tides fully uncover the parks forcing the oyster to remain closed 12 hours a day, improving the taste and hardness of the shell.

It is all these conditions together that give the Ostra Regal its unique taste, between sweet and salty, on the border of land and sea.

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