Maison Plantin and its history, a passion for truffles

Company History

Marcel Plantin started Maison Plantin in the heart of Provence in 1930.
Since it started, this family business established itself as the main supplier of truffles to the grand tables of France.
In 1986, Hervé Poron took over Maison Plantin and embarked upon a programme of strong growth for the company. In particular, it now exports its know-how to other countries.
Just as passionate about truffle growing and the world of truffles in general, Christopher Poron, his son, and Nicolas Rouhier, today continue his work.
From the United States to Japan, not forgetting the United Arab Emirates and Singapore, from the tables of the Elysée to those of the greatest French chefs, such as Joël Robuchon, Benoît Violier and Yannick Alleno, they all use Maison Plantin to supply them with truffles and woodland mushrooms.

Christopher PORON

Christopher PORON

Hervé's son

Immersed in the world of the truffle since he was small, it holds no secrets for him. His father took him everywhere: to markets, on rounds to brokers, to farmers, collecting truffles, etc. In this way, he passed on his passion and especially the inner workings of the trade. Time passed and when Christopher was 21, he left to study in the USA. Naturally enough, he agreed to knock on the doors of the great kitchens of New York. That was how the American adventure started for him. Daniel Boulud was his first customer. Even today, the story continues all around the world, making his passion, desire and talent a winning formula.

Nicolas ROUHIER

Nicolas ROUHIER

A friend in life, a partner in work

He thought that accounting would be his first and only job. But that was before he met Christopher and before the friendship that binds them was formed. His passion for the kitchen, memories of a childhood spend mooching around the kitchen of his parents' restaurant, his taste for truffles and the environment they grow in were the reasons for his choice. He joined the Plantin family in 2007 making the rounds of the markets in Vaucluse with Hervé Poron, from Richerenches to Carpentras. Like when he is in the kitchen, he has a love of fine things and is constantly on the lookout for better quality.

The essentials from 'la Maison'

Of all fresh truffles, the black truffle, tuber melanosporum in Latin: this famous truffle, also known as the "black diamond of cuisine" has, for a very long time, been the one most valued by the gastronomic world. Today, it is the foundation of the reputation enjoyed by Maison Plantin. The combination of a delicate perfume and crisp texture gives it an exceptional flavour and character.

Flagship product in the range of preserved truffles, the First Boiling Black Truffle, when properly cooked, gives off a perfume, almost as powerful as that of a fresh truffle and will delight the palate of even the most discerning.

The essentials from 'la Maison'

Truffle expert since 1930

Ideally located in the heart of the truffle producing region close to the main truffle markets and growers, since it started in business, Maison Plantin has positioned itself as one of the main players in selecting the best truffles in France. The best truffles in Vaucluse, particularly Richerenches and Carpentras truffles are selected by Maison Plantin.

To be able to offer its high-class restaurant customers and the processing industry an even wider choice of truffles throughout the year, Maison Plantin now works in partnership with producers in Spain and Australia, for example. Handling twenty to thirty tonnes of fresh truffles a year, focussing on the most sought-after varieties, it always chooses the best tuber melanosporum truffles from around the world.

Truffle expert since 1930

Plantin around the world

Maison Plantin has an experienced team of professionals in every one of its export markets, able to adapt to a country's regulations and process the necessary export documentation.

The opening of offices in New York and Hong Kong, a presence via distributors in practically every country in the world, in metropolitan centres such as Singapore, Tokyo and Shanghai illustrate the increasing fondness for truffles and Maison Plantin products around the world.

This international presence is indicative of continuing excellent prospects for Maison Plantin. An adventure to watch with interest.

Plantin around the world

Fine food products

You can find all Maison Plantin's expertise and quality in its fine grocery range, dedicated mainly to the restaurant trade but also available in a few top flight grocery stores. Among the fine grocery range, a bottle of black truffle oil is one of the jewels of French gastronomy.

The fine grocery range also boasts other truffle specialities and a complete range of dried mushrooms: dried morels, chanterelles, porcini, etc.


Fine food products