Chateldon Water Analysis:
Balance Light
Virginality Superior
Minerality Very High
Orientation Acidic
Hardness Very Hard
Carbonation Natural
TDS 1,882 mg/l
ph factor 6.2
Hardness 1,154 mg/l
Nitrate 1 mg/l
Calcium 383 mg/l
Magnesium 49 mg/l
Sodium 240 mg/l
Potassium 35 mg/l
Silica 21 mg/l
Bicarbonate 2,075 mg/l
Sulfate 20 mg/l
Chloride 7 mg/l
Source: Spring
Country of Origin: France
Region: Auvergne
Place: Chateldon
Established: 1650
Status: Non-Member of the Fine Water Society
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This water has lots of everything — very high mineral content; whopping levels of bicarbonate, calcium, and sodium; and a healthy measure of prestige and pedigree. Chateldon is also very rare: Only 700,000 bottles of this naturally sparkling water are produced every year. If you cannot find it try Saint-Géron, which is very similar.
Chateldon has been bottled continuously since 1650, longer than any other water. The water was known for its healthful properties even earlier. Louis XIV enjoyed it enough to employ a special group known as les officiers du gobelet à cheval (“mounted officers of the goblet”) to bring the water to Versailles. Louis’s sun symbol still appears on bottles of Chateldon, which is known in France as la “Rolls” des eaux—the Rolls Royce of waters.