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The Acajou sugar plantation, the future Habitation Clément, was founded in 1700. Following the sugar crisis that occurred in the early 1880s, it was seized and sold at auction to a certain Homère Clément in 1887. He moved into the house principal with his family and became a sugar cane planter (while pursuing a political career) which he delivered to the François central factory for thirty years.

In 1917, he rebuilt the old distillery of the Acajou habitation and decided to promote rhum agricole (made from pure juice). When he died in 1922, his son Charles took over, relaunched a small sugar refinery and modernized the distillery already in place. In 1930, the Acajou brand appears: an exception in the landscape since the majority of neighboring producers still sell their rum in bulk to merchants in mainland France.

In 1938, the distillery was destroyed by fire but quickly rebuilt to become the most efficient on the island. After the Second World War, Acajou rum officially became Clément rum and Charles's sons ensured it unprecedented fame. The death of Charles in 1973 will nevertheless mark the beginning of financial and family problems which will lead to the acquisition of the Habitation by the Cointreau group, then the Hayot group in 1986.

The distillation columns definitively ceased to produce rum on the house in 1988 before being transferred to Simon. The cellar remains on the estate, still present and open to visitors in 1989, as well as the reduction, brewing, aging and bottling operations.

Country : Martinique
Name : Habitation Clément
Address : Domaine de l'Acajou, Le François
Website : www.rhum-clement.com
Foundation : 1883

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