When Homère Clément, (born in 1852 in Trinité, Martinique), acquired the Habitation and founded Rhum Clément in 1887; little did he realize that he was creating a lasting legacy. After his death in 1923, his son Charles, and Charles's sons, Georges-Louis and Jean-José, continued what Homère had created at Habitation Clément. Today 18th century Habitation Clément is one of the oldest estates on the island. Bernard Hayot bought Habitation Clément in 1986, and opened it to the public in 1988. During our stay in Martinique, we took a tour of the historic house where President François Mitterrand and President George Bush held a summit meeting in March 1991, and in 1996, the house received a Historic Monument classification.
Today, Benjamin Jones, a descendant of Homère Clément, continues the Clément family tradition by introducing the international market to the Rhum Clément products, which include Rhum Clément X.O., Rhum Clément Cuvée Homère, Rhum Clément Liqueur Créole Shrubb, Rhum Clément Première Canne White Rhum, and Rhum Clément V.S.O.P. Rum.
In January 2007, Rhum Clément will introduce their ultra-premium Rhum Clément Cuvée Homère and Rhum Clément X.O., although I had the advance privilege of meeting with Benjamin Jones in his New York office and sipping these exceptional rums.
Clément Cuvée Homère
Rhum Clément Cuvée Homère, 44% alcohol, created in homage of founder, Homère Clément, is a blend of three of the best vintages of the last 15 years, (1999, 1996, and 1991), and is crafted by the Cellar Master into an outstanding sipping rum. Presented in a handsome square bottle, the rum has a long, buttery, velvety finish, with pronounced masculine overtones.
| Brand||CUVÉE HOMERE CLEMENT|
| Size||70 CL|
| Cask||American ex-Bourbon casks, French Oak|
| Alcohol Content||44%|
| Reserve||15 Years|
| Tasting Notes||The bouquet is wonderfully nutty and buttery with scents of black pepper and potent spirit. The palate entry is delicate, compellingly oily and spicy; the midpalate showcases the oak and the sugarcane in perfect balance. Finishes refined, world-class and slightly honeyed|
| Storage Instructions||Storage away from direct light in a cool and dry place|
| Country Produced in||Martinique|