L’Atelier Imports announces the Limited Release, Côte d’Or.
Although the market is filled with limited release cigars, L’Atelier Imports has brazened the landscape with only one project to date that would fall into that category, a limited run for IPCPR attendees known as Extension de la Racine. But when the Garcias offer you the opportunity to use a small amount of coveted Pelo de Oro from one of their farms, you don’t pass up the opportunity to create something extremely special.
Thus, Côte d’Or was born.
The naming of the project pays homage to the famed Burgundy wine growing region in France known for growing Pinot Noir, one of the most temperamental grape varietals. Pelo de Oro is a very temperamental tobacco plant, requiring a lot of hands on care and it is also extremely subjective to the environment in which it is grown. With both Pelo de Oro and Pinot Noir, the yields are low, but the resulting products are very special. Côte d’Or, which translates roughly to “Gold Coast” made for a classic name given the translation of Pelo de Oro as “Hair of Gold” and the similarities between growing Pinot Noir and Pelo de Oro.
Sancti Spiritus is a hybrid of Criollo and Pelo de Oro. The team at L’Atelier decided to use the darker priming Sancti Spiritus wrappers that are used on the Selection Spéciale vitolas for added flavor depth and worked with changing the filler blend to incorporate the Pelo de Oro. The resulting profile for Côte d’Or is complex, rich and rewarding. Knowing that this would be an extremely small run, a substantial 7×47 size was chosen that would
be presented with a new band in ten count boxes.
Total production for Côte d’Or will be 2,100 ten count boxes (21,000 cigars) with a MSRP of $16, or $160/box of ten.
Available in April 2015 to authorized L’Atelier retailers.