We are at the end of the 19th century, in full sugar crisis. The marquis of Sainte-Marie dedicates himself to gambling. Naturally, this is a failure and the marquis is forced to sell what will become the domain of the marquisat of Sainte-Marie.

The notary, responsible for carrying out the sale at the time, meets Henri Longueteau and proposes to him to purchase the estate. “It’s my dream to own such a beautiful estate!” he replies. However, Henri Longueteau, who is the manager of a nearby factory, does not have the means to do so. “There is no problem, I entrust you with the property and you will pay it as soon as you will be able to do so.” A thing that must have happened, since, for over 120 years, the Longueteau family is still the sole owner of the estate. Starting with 1895, Henri Longueteau transforms the old sugar refinery in order to manufacture the “z’habitant”rum, which directly originates in the distillation of pure sugar cane juice. Called nowadays agricultural rum, it is appreciated by connoisseurs worldwide. Since then, four generations have succeeded on the estate one after another, keeping alive a love of the land and of a job well done with the values of: quality, passion and tradition. Today, the Longueteau distillery is the only distillery in Guadeloupe 100% self-sufficient in sugar cane that comes only from the plantations of the domain of the marquisat of Sainte-Marie, located at the foot of the Soufrière Massif. The agricultural rum manufactured this way allows us to develop a high quality collection, an award-winner of the Agricultural Contest in Paris for several years. The Longueteau rums are among the most prestigious of the French Antilles.

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