Gold Label Siberian Caviar
What started in Belgium as fish feed production company in the 1980s, Royal Belgium Caviar has since evolved and is now considered one of Europe’s most acclaimed producers of beautiful caviars. They began in the late eighties with the breeding of sturgeon in support of the development of sturgeon feed. In the early nineties, biologist Dr. Willy Verdonck was engaged in the breeding of sturgeon caviar, which yielded the first results in 2002. Although initially very limited, the production did gradually increase, as did the number of cultivated species. Through years of intensive research, Dr. Verdonck managed to completely control the breeding cycle of some sturgeon species (and he is now considered an international authority on caviar production). From the fertilization of the egg up to the production of caviar, every step in the farm, is meticulously controlled and monitored – and only one person, Willy’s wife Mia, is actually entrusted with the final production of the caviar.
Gold Label Siberian Caviar comes from a broodstock of Siberian sturgeon (Acipenser baerii) – a cold-loving species which thrives in aquaculture, and produces exceptional, dark eggs that have a mildly sweet, almost buttery flavor. Though the roe of the Siberian sturgeon is commonly on the smaller side – akin to Caspian Sevruga caviar – the eggs of the “Gold Label Siberian” range from 2.8 to 3 mm in diameter – making them larger than most Siberian caviars on the market – almost the size of Beluga. The “Gold Label” is the highest grade selection, reserved from the total harvest. Consistent and exquisite, the firm grain is robust with an attractive, almost mirror-like sheen. Our top pick for best flavor and size this Season.