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December 26, 2017


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Only three of them, straight from Martinique by the means of a good friend who's a doctor, which is always reassuring. No?

Clément ‘L’Elixir’ (42%, OB, Martinique, agricole, +/-2017)

Clément ‘L’Elixir’ (42%, OB, Martinique, agricole, +/-2017) Three stars and a half A six years old (minimum age) lavishly packaged in an Eden decanter. Colour: gold. Nose: a rather fine oak plus sandalwood at very first nosing, then rather fudge and pine resins and needles. Goes on with some honeys and dried figs and bananas, and goes then back to these pine-y notes, with also more liquorice. Lovely soft nose. Mouth: some oranges in the arrival, as well as some slightly harsh oak, although the whole would remain rather smooth. Stewed fruits, candy sugar, then even more oranges and marmalade. Marmalade’s actually ruling the show here. Finish: rather long, on some kind of honey and orange cake. There’s even more marmalade in the aftertaste. Comments: a very nice cuvee, very approachable but never dull. As any agricole should be. SGP:561 - 84 points.

Rhum J.M 2003/2014 (44.8%, OB, Martinique, agricole)

Rhum J.M 2003/2014 (44.8%, OB, Martinique, agricole) Four stars An older bottling that’s still available at the Distillery, where this bottle comes from. I think I’ve seen 2003s at other strengths as well. Colour: amber. Nose: rather tense, first candied and fudge-y, then more and more mentholated and camphory. Also old burlap and a little tamarind jam. Rather perfect, like this nose a lot. Mouth: just as tense as on the nose, with good oak and impressions of cedar wood, as well as a little charcoal and even grilled beef.  Unexpected touches of raspberries, rather as jelly, and some mango jelly to boot. A little crushed banana as well, the whole being rather perfect and very agricole indeed. Finish: long, balsamic, with more cedar wood and liquorice in the aftertaste. Comments: an excellent J.M that simply holds to its rank. SGP:651 - 87 points.

La Favorite 1991/2017 ‘Cuvée de la Flibuste’ (40%, OB, La Martinique, 6000 bottles)

La Favorite 1991/2017 ‘Cuvée de la Flibuste’ (40%, OB, La Martinique, 6000 bottles) Two stars and a half The label doesn’t say it’s a proper agricole anymore, and indeed these cuvees ‘La Flibuste’ probably shelter some kind of bespoke ‘arrangement’, that is to say a mix of fruits and other substances that are not quite allowed under the Appellation’s rules. I have to say I usually enjoy La Favorite’s proper ‘dry’ agricole rums much, much better. Colour: dark amber. Nose: quite a lot of oak but that’s not unpleasant, while the whole rather showcases some kind of rounded Central-American style. Coffee liqueur and Cointreau, old plum eau-de-vie (vieille prune), mint tea, elderberries, liquorice allsorts… Mouth: really liqueury, you feel a lot of prunes and raisins, as well as a little glucose. But it remains rather cane-y altogether, and I wouldn’t call it unbalanced. Finish: medium, sweet, but indeed rather well balanced. It’s more complex that those several Central-Americans that start with Zs. Quite a lot of vanilla and kids mouthwash in the aftertaste. Comments: I think this 1991 is much better – well, more to my liking – than the earlier and older 1985 that I had found way too molassy and ‘doctored’ (WF 68). SGP:741 – 78 points.

((Thank you Jean-Claude)

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