By the sea, under a blazing and continuous sun, the Fond Basile plot contains sugar cane ideal for the production of a great white rhum. In this dry zone, almost arid at times, the cane concentrates remarkable plant aromas that an appropriate distillation will be able to reveal wonderfully through the art of concentration.
Tasting Notes: Wild and fresh tones, menthol accents, floral flights, this Plein Soleil white rhum reveals an astonishing complexity. Plein Soleil can be enjoyed pure, on ice or in a cocktail. It is advisable to taste it pure at least once, to fully appreciate all the vegetal nuances.
97 points, Chairman’s Trophy, Top 100 Spirits (Ultimate Spirits Challenge, 2022)
About the Producer
Exploitation Agricole du Galion, founded in 1849, owns over 1800 acres of sugar cane fields that extend over the Caravelle peninsula and its surroundings. These lands of volcanic origin, ideal for cultivating cane, have been cultivated for a very long time, and have demonstrated their remarkable quality. But they are far from uniform.
Single plots rhums
The lands of Galion are diverse and give rise to very different rums. Some, in the interior of Martinique, receive nearly two meters of precipitation each year, while others on the Caravelle peninsula receive barely half. Between these humid zones and these dry zones, the rums present quite different faces. Some will be opulent and soft, others drier and more subtle.
A new vision of agricultural rhum
Baie des Trésors is the pure expression of the Martinique terroir, without any artifice or additives. No sugar, caramel or other additives are added. The color is totally natural, and so is the taste. Each parcel benefits from a personalized aging process, always in small oak barrels. For the rums of humid zones, it will be mainly French oak. For the rums of dry areas, the American oak will be preferred. The Caucasian oak will bring fresh tones. Each rum is a complex composition, and it is this complexity which will give birth to subtle rums with remarkable nuances.
Pure sugar Rhum Agricole
Rhum Agricole comes from the distillation of freshly squeezed, fermented cane juice (vesou). The remarkable sweetness of the rhum is the result of a long and meticulous work of selecting the plots, of distillation to the right degree, and of a sophisticated aging.
Sustainability and local responsibility:
Sugar cane does not require irrigation, can be grown in a relatively dry climate, and does not cause soil erosion. Cane also returns a large amount of carbon to the soil and produces a significant amount of biomass. In 2011, Baie des Trésors launched a solar energy project on one hectare of cane. For the past ten years, bagasse (the matter leftover after extracting the juice from the cane) has been recycled to supply a renewable energy plant built on the Galion lands, which creates 19% of the island's electricity.
Baie des Trésors believes it is as much their duty to protect the white-throated mockingbird of the Caravelle, as it is to protect jobs in banana centers and sugarcane fields. In addition, they support the development of Martinique by allowing the communes of Le Robert and La Trinité to develop on their land, including schools, the stadium, the hospital, administrative buildings, and housing.
The bottle is made of 100% recycled glass, giving it a bluish tint. It is engraved with the contours of its namesake Treasure Bay, and the coordinates of the bay are engraved on the bottom of the bottle. The stopper is made of 60% bagasse. The bottle's design embodies Baie des Trésors' search for excellence and innovation, which is reflected in the quality and sustainability of their products and by their actions.