Purchase of domaine de l'Acajou by Homère Clément
Homère Clément, physician and mayor of Le François, purchased the prestigious 43 hectare sugar plantation, Domaine de L'Acajou, and pioneered Rhum Agricole, a contemporary style of pure rum made directly from fresh free-run sugarcane juice, instead of the traditional rum made from molasses.
Opening of the distillery
Homère Clément creates a distillery to fulfill the large request of alcohol during the first World War.
Death of Homère Clément, purchase by Charles Clément
After the death of Homère Clément, his sons, Charles Clément took over the business. He is credited with perfecting his family's Rhum Agricole method and honed his craft while studying distillation at the famous Louis Pasteur School in France. It was Charles Clément who first bottled Rhum Agricole in Martinique and branded it after his father, the founder of Rhum Clément. Charles Clément was the first to export bottles of Martinique Rhum Agricole and developed France as the first great market for Rhum Agricole outside of the Caribbean.
Creation of the brand Acajou
Charles Clément creates the brand Acajou and begins exporting rum to France.
Creation of the brand Clément
The making of the Clément brand and launching of publicity.
Death of Charles Clément, taken by George and Jean-Louis-José Clément
Charles Clément is succeeded by his sons, Georges-Louis, who was in charge of production and his two brothers Jean-José and Marcel-André, who increased the visibility of Rhum Clément throughout the Caribbean, Europe, Central and South America, and North America.
Purchase of the Acajou's distillery by Groupe Bernard Hayot
Rhum Clément is sold to the Hayot family, who remain close to the Clément family, in order to keep one of Martinique's truly great cultural assets, Habitation Clément, in Martinique hands. The Hayot family continues to maintain the heritage, culture and passion of the Clément family and Rhum Clément, and continues the strong Clément legacy. Habitation Clément has been re-vitalized with investment in new cellars for aging rhum, a beautiful reception for tourists, art galleries and an exquisite tasting room for visitors to enjoy Rhum Clément.
The French-American summit with presidents Bush and Mitterrand at the end of the Gulf War. The main house and the dependences are listed in the Supplementary Inventory of Historic Monuments.
AOC Martinique for the Agricole Rum and Habitation Clément listed building
The agricultural rum of Martinique gains the Denomination of Controlled Origin (AOC).
The Creole home, the terrace and the dependences are all classified as Listed buildings by the Ministry of Culture.
Creation of Canne bleue
Creation of the Clément foundation
The Clément foundation over the years has united a collection of documents to better inform the Caribbean Culture. Today the library collects thousands of volumes of Martinique history within the Caribbean context. Habitation Clément has three exposition areas and a few warehouses dedicated to the activities of the Foundation.
Clement in 60 countries worldwide
Clement is now present in 60 countries worldwide.