This old rum Off-d'Âge, fruit of the exceptional union of our oldest brandies magnificently expresses the specificity of Old Rum Clement, in homage to its founder Homer Clement. Its great aromatic complexity allows us to appreciate its intense woody, its aromas of dried fruit, and cinnamon. This rum has a complex nose with strong empyreumatic flavor, Final Long mouth, balanced and delicate, leaving the palace a reminder of the typical aromas of Martinique.
Clément Cuvée Homère is the top of the Cellar Master’s Selection Series and features the highest rated vintage rums of the last fifteen years aged in French Limousin Barriques and re-charred Bourbon Barrels. Each vintage brings its own unique flavor profile, which makes Cuvée Homère one of our more complex rums with tremendous flavor and a long lasting finish.
Aromas of warm biscuits and almond butter continue to evolve into baking spice. Nice viscous clarified butter mouth feel delivers flavors of pemmican fruits, hazlenuts, chocolate and a peppery oak complexity around the edges. The finish is highly nuanced and textured, wood notes with fruit, tarragon, licorice root, floral notes, then and a dry sweet brine for several minutes.
Martinique has long had the reputation of having the best terroir for sugarcane cultivation, long before Homère Clément had the imaginative idea to press sugarcane to produce Rhum Agricole. Domaine de l’Acajou was purchased in 1887 at the peak of the sugar crisis. The introduction of sugar beets and the increasing availability of cheap South American sugar lead to the collapse of the Martiniquean sugar commerce.
As a result, the local economy, which was driven by the principle cash crop of sugar, was in shambles. Many planters were out of work and took to the streets rioting against the bankrupt plantation owners. What once was a rich and lively island was quickly mired in economic despair. At this time, Homère Clément was a very popular member of the Martiniquean community and the mayor of Le Francois. He purchased the prestigious sugar plantation known as Domaine de l’Acajou just 3 kilometers from the center of Le Francois. This 43 acre estate was considered one of the best sugar plantations on the island of Martinique. But as it was stuck in a poor and stagnate sugar economy, it was unfortunately forced into bankruptcy.
Homère Clément made the necessary investments and transformed one of the island's most prestigious sugar plantations into a producer of world-class Rhum Agricole. He had the planters return to the fields to harvest sugarcane once again, but not to refine sugar. His idea was to press his quality estate grown sugarcane to extract first-pressed aromatic and flavorful sugarcane juice to distill pure rhum. Inspired by the enjoyment of great brandies while studying in his early years in Paris, Homère mimicked the distillers of the great Armagnac’s of southwestern France to perfect his method of rhum production known today as Rhum Agricole.