Project Description

SINGLE ESTATE RUM

From the sugarcane fields grown on the estate exclusively for Chamarel‘s rum, to the fermentation, distillation, aging and finally bottling, few can claim such single estate status.

THE ROAD TO THE RHUMERIE

In the South West part of Mauritius, in the heart of a fertile valley, lies the Rhumerie de Chamarel. Situated in the vicinity of the “Coloured Earths of Chamarel”, one of Mauritius’ most popular tourist attractions and the place to visit while in Mauritius, the road leading to the Rhumerie is lined with vast plantations of sugar cane growing side by side with pineapples and other tropical fruits.

LE DOMAINE

Perched 300 meters above the coast of South West Mauritius, Rhumerie de Chamarel lies in a fertile valley influenced by its own micro-climate. A truly unique tourist attraction, it encompasses a distillery and an agricultural plantation on an eco-friendly estate.

One of the distillery’s strong points is that it was designed to provide a holistic tourism experience to guests. Mauritian architect Maurice Giraud has created a building that blends harmoniously with the spectacular surroundings. Wood, natural stone and water provide a sense of harmony with nature, turning the distillery into one of the most beautiful rum estates in the world that is also producing some of the world’s finest rum.

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THE DISTILLERY

THE SUGARCANE

La Rhumerie de Chamarel is one of the rare distilleries still in activity to cultivate its own sugarcane. These are carefully selected and grown exclusively for the production of the Chamarel rums – here lies the first secret of its quality.

The harvest is done by hand, without ever burning the crops, spanning from July to December. The identification of the various crops and their traceability will allow the Master Blender to select the finest lots for the white rums and the old rums respectively.

Within four hours the freshly harvested sugarcane is transferred to the Distillery in order to preserve its freshness and aromas. The first pressed sugarcane juice will be filtered, then taken to 25HL stainless steel vats to initiate the alcoholic fermentation. The selection of yeasts, together with controlled parameters, allow the development of a unique aromatic bouquet.

The harvest is done by hand, without ever burning the crops, spanning from July to December. The identification of the various crops and their traceability will allow the Master Blender to select the finest lots for the white rums and the old rums respectively.

Within four hours the freshly harvested sugarcane is transferred to the Distillery in order to preserve its freshness and aromas. The first pressed sugarcane juice will be filtered, then taken to 25HL stainless steel vats to initiate the alcoholic fermentation. The selection of yeasts, together with controlled parameters, allow the development of a unique aromatic bouquet.

THE DISTILLATION

Thanks to the complexity of their stills, the Chamarel Distillery have various means of distillation available.

A barbet-type plate column, entirely made of copper, is used for the distillation of the white rums. The column still allows the separation of heads, heart and tail, which guarantees optimum quality.

The double distillation rums will be distilled in two 20HL copper stills, following the Cognac method, which allows for remarkable finesse. This process is very uncommon for rum preparation and makes for a unique product.

A barbet-type plate column, entirely made of copper, is used for the distillation of the white rums. The column still allows the separation of heads, heart and tail, which guarantees optimum quality.

The double distillation rums will be distilled in two 20HL copper stills, following the Cognac method, which allows for remarkable finesse. This process is very uncommon for rum preparation and makes for a unique product.

THE AGING

The distilled rum is stocked for at least six months in stainless-steel vats for a slow and gradual decrease of the alcohol content, allowing it to acquire a pleasant roundness and its full expression.

Part of the white rum will be transferred to ageing cellars. Barrels, casks, ovals, French oak, American oak, 18 months, 3 years, 6 years… an array of combinations and mystery allow the white rum to obtain its aromas, its roundness and its colour.

As long as the angels are watching over these rums, they have all the time…

Part of the white rum will be transferred to ageing cellars. Barrels, casks, ovals, French oak, American oak, 18 months, 3 years, 6 years… an array of combinations and mystery allow the white rum to obtain its aromas, its roundness and its colour.

As long as the angels are watching over these rums, they have all the time…

THE COMPLETE PROCESS

THE COMPLETE PROCESS