Located a 1 hour boat ride from the mainland of Guadeloupe, Marie-Galante is just under 66 square miles of mainly limestone plateaus and some rich volcanic soil. About 20% of the island’s area is devoted to growing sugarcane.
Four kinds of cane are used: red, white, blue, and gray. Some is grown on the estate, some is purchased from local growers. All cane is hand cut and brought to the distillery by ox-drawn carts.
Rhum blanc is placed in open top wooden foudres for 10-15 days and demineralized water is added to bring it down to proof. On the island, the “local proof” is 59%.
As Marie-Galante is a French territory, the distillery and its workers are governed and protected by the rules and regulations that apply to les filières canne, sucre et rhum – the cane, sugar, and rum sector.
All workers are employed full time, paid regulated wages, and given yearly raises as well as meal and travel vouchers. There is mandated salary equality between men and women performing the same job, paid days off, and retirement compensation based on how long a worker has been employed.