to promote this rare flavouring for discerning consumers,
not just by cultivating it, but also by preparing it and exporting it
to the four corners of the earth, with love, pride and humility.
WHY IS TERROIR IMPORTANT?
The idea came out of a very simple observation:
for the past hundred years, almost all of the thousand Polynesian Vanilla growers
have no longer prepared their own vanillas (drying);
they pick them and sell them to the few preparers active in the territory.
The result is that each preparer obtains vanilla from at least one hundred planters
spread out over the entire archipelago. All of the vanilla from the various plantations
and islands is thus mixed together and prepared at the same time.
Once the notion of terroir was abandoned,
the vanillas were no longer distinguishable.
“There was a need to recapture the nourishing terroirs of our precious
differentiate them, identify them, make them known.”
With a constant concern for unparalleled quality, Alain Abel rediscovered
these Polynesian terroirs and distinguished them into three Grands Crus®,
in order to develop vanillas rich in history,
to be sampled and savoured like finest wines.