At the bend of a winding road lined with lush vegetation between Saint-Joseph and Gros Morne, in the heart of deep Martinique, rise – preserved and rehabilitated – the centuries-old buildings of Habitation Saint-Etienne. Every time I visit I’m seized with emotion and wonder at such a scenery! The splendid mansion all dressed in red, dominates the rhumerie. I walk down the driveway lined with majestic royal palm trees before parking. Head for the boutique, or rather “Les Foudres” inaugurated in 2010 by writer Edouard Glissant where Sophie is waiting for me.
The boutique itself is already a work of art! Magnificently restored, the place hosts the tasting area as well as artist exhibitions. The atmosphere is uncluttered and warm at the same time.