In 1887, 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. In 1917 he opened a distillery which his son, Charles Clément, took over.
Charles 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.
Today, Rhum Clément is now present in more than 60 countries worldwide, carrying out distillation and ageing traditions since the habitation's foundations.