Chateau Depaz Notes on Rhum
Rhum agricole (agricultural rhum) represents only 3% of the world’s rum production. Remaining the most expensive production process, the rhum that results is treasured by knowledgeable mixologists and connoisseurs worldwide. The agricultural rhum production process is initiated by the spring harvest of the cane and begins with pure sugar cane juice (called VESOU) unlike less expensive industrial rum production using sugar derivatives such as molasses. Rhum agricole is the only style of rhum created at the Chateau Depaz Estate using their proprietary blue cane sugar cane.
Rum brands using the less expensive sugar derivatives in production (i.e. molasses) are classified as industrial rum. Industrial rum has few, if any, production time constraints and represents the bulk of the world’s rum production.
100% Pure Sugar Cane
Harvested in the early spring, the fresh sugar cane crop is rushed to the distillery on the Depaz Estate where it is crushed and the juice is extracted from the cane. Depaz uses only fresh cut proprietary estate grown blue cane in the production of their rhum.
Blue cane, considered to be the highest quality cane, remains the costliest and most difficult cane to grow, delivering the ideal balance of sugars for maximum flavor and character. Blue cane is the perfect ingredient for the production of rhum agricole, delivering a superb floral nose and a smooth, flavorful and refined character to the rhum.
Enjoying agricultural parallels to a grape harvest and the immediacy of the crush, there is also a specific sugar cane harvest which runs from February to May. As fermentation begins almost immediately upon the cutting of the cane, the distilling process is very much dictated by the harvest. With Depaz being produced on the Estate in limited quantities, it allows for an immediate crushing of the cane for maximum yield and sugar complexity.