Like a fine wine or cheese, each cocoa plant has its roots; an origin that gives it its delicious typicality.
HAVE YOU EVER HEARD OF "TERROIR"?
It comes from the Latin word terra (Earth). Terroir is defined by the nature of the soil: its exposure to sun, wind, and rain; interactions between the species within its tissues; the impact of local yeasts and bacteria on the eventual fermentation process. Terroir is a cultural consideration that dictates local styles of planting, maintaining, harvesting, storing, and preparing crops like cocoa beans.
Many chocolate lovers are convinced that the quality of a chocolate depends solely on its cocoa percentage. In our opinion, this is only one criterion to consider, and further, it seems less essential to the complexity of the flavor than terroir.
That is why we have leveled each of our dark chocolates at 72%, so that you can experience the nuances in flavor without thinking about percentage. And trust us… what you will find in each of our couvertures will blow your mind.
PHOTOGRAPHY: P. OLLIER FOR VALRHONA