Longueteau Agricole Blanc Millésime 2014

Longueteau Blanc Millésime 2014-RG2-USE

Product of:  Guadeloupe, FWI
Aged:  NA
Price:  €13.65 on Guadeloupe 
Alcohol: 55% ABV 
0-5 g/L (estimate) 
Context:  Rhum Blanc Agricole 
RG Rating: 9

Tasting Notes 
Uncorking the bottle releases a brisk bouquet of fleeting sugarcane into the small atmosphere around your nose, clearing your senses for the aromas.  Beads of diamond clarity form shortly after swirling, then quickly turn into a wealth of thin legs, with many lingering and clinging to the inside of the tasting glass. Sniffing then reveals deliciously potent rhum agricole aromas, the sugarcane juice scent is quickly replaced by bright lime and lemon notes, less of zest and more of fruit juice, with a hint of tart like passionfruit and kid leather.  The effect is so hight and eternal that it belies the rhum’s overproof foundation.

A beautiful black licorice-anise flavor adds excitement to the palate and substance to the body.  Like the scents before it, the taste strikes that perfectly dignified balance of modesty and exclamation.  The finish flows suit, all of the aromas and flavor coalesce into a lingering, slightly creamy off-dry taste that resonates in the mouth. 

Longueteau Blanc Milleesime 2014 'Ti Punch-RG1

Longueteau has an admiration for sailing and sailboats.  Notice the gold trimaran sailboat on the label.  The racing sailboat is used as a metaphor for the narrative of the tasting experience.  According to Longueteau, the rhum initiates an intense aroma reminiscent of the air off France’s Breton coast, but quickly segues to softer notes of lime and citrus, like the tardewinds bringing one quickly to Guadeloupe and its terroir.

Taking the’Ti Punch measure is de rigueur for any rhum blanc agricole at The Rum Gallery.  Work within the delicacy that is Longueteau Agricole Blanc Millésime 2014.  Go light on the lime, with 50/50 peel to fruit, and a light brown sugar - nothing heavier in molasses content than Demerara sugar.  For fruit, we squeezed two one-eighth cuts of lime with some of the fruit and pulp trimmed away.  For sugar, we spooned about 1/8 teaspoon of special light brown sugar I picked up at a sugar factory in Panama years ago.  Constructed in such a technique, a ‘Ti Punch featuring Longueteau’s 2014 edition was brilliant, elegant; the champagne equivalent of FWI’s signature cocktail. 

Reviewed: January 2017 at The Rum Gallery, USA.

© Dave Russell 2017