The glorious J.M V.S.O.P. is created by aging rhum 3 years in re-charred Bourbon barrels and finishing the rhum an additional year in lightly toasted new American oak barrels and finally reduced to 43 % ABV with pure volcanic spring water from Habitation Bellevue to create an extraordinary aged rhum that retains qualities of the natural terroir and sugarcane of Habitation Bellevue. Expect to find nougaty richness with cinnamon and clove aromas, flavors of spiced butter and lemony toffee, which leads into a smooth and subtle finish.
|In the late 17th century, the famous Pere Labat, the famous Jesuit priest credited with proliferating sugar cultivation in the French West Indies, was the parish priest of Macouba while he operated a sugar refinery at his house on the Roche River, where Rhum J.M comes from today. Antoine Leroux-Preville purchased Father Labat’s estate in 1790 and gave the plantation the name we know it by today, Habitation Fonds-Preville.
In 1845, Antoine Leroux-Preville’s daughters sold the property to Jean-Marie Martin, a merchant from Saint-Pierre and husband of Marie Ferment who was the daughter of one of the island’s most famous sugar planters of the day. Jean-Marie Martin recognized the superior quality of the sugarcane he found on the Fonds-Preville estate and decided to shift the cultivation practices away from producing huge quanities of sugar and to focus on growing sugarcane to create a yield of the finest quality on the island. He built a small distillery on the estate and branded his initials ”J.M.” on the first oak barrels used to mature his rum. Since then, these two letters have become and remain the emblem of the most prestigious and most superior rum known in Martinique.
In 1914, Gustave Crassous de Medeuil, already owner of the Maison Bellevue, purchased Habitation Fonds-Preville from his brother Ernest. From this day, Maison Bellevue and Fonds-Preville became one entity. Located at the foot of the volcano Mont Pelee, Habitation Fonds-Preville remains to this day a family farming property, belonging to the heirs of the Crassous de Medeuil. The original passion for making the world’s finest rhum continues on today by abiding to the tradition of quality set forth by Jean-Marie Martin and the Crassous de Medeuil family.
RHUM J.M - TERROIR
Our sugarcane is 100% cultivated on the precious volcanic slopes of Habitation Bellevue coming down from Mont Pelee. This is truly the most exclusive micro-climate for sugarcane in the world! The rich sugarcane flavors in Rhum J.M are a result from this unique volcanic soil, tropical humidity from the low cloud ceiling, tremendous ventilation from the steady sea breeze onto the mountain side and the excellent drainage on the sloping sugarcane fields. The sugarcane cultivated here is already considered to be from an exclusive crop and is always expected to be of the highest quality on the island. But still only the ”best of the bunch” are selected and pressed to obtain the richest sugarcane juice. Once distilled, the raw sugarcane juice becomes rum of noble purity and flavor: ”the famous Rhum J.M Blanc’.
Part of this exceptional rhum is placed in oak barrels to age in our cellars neighboring the distillery. The rhums begin to age in ”rhum charred” American oak barrels. The secret balance of distillation of aromatic fresh sugarcane juice, the volcanic mineral water used in preparation of the rhum, and the alchemy of our glorious sugarcane distillate with re-charred oak barrels is a recipe only known by the Master Distiller and the Cellar Master, who have been on the property since birth and replaced their parent. It is simply a unique tradition of excellences that gives Rhum J.M its authenticity, power and refinement.