In 1862, DuprÃ© Barbancourt, a native of the Charente region in France, put the finishing touches to a recipe for rum that still bears his name today. Using a double distillation method usually reserved for the very finest cognacs, he discovered a rum of incomparable quality that has always received the highest international distinctions. DuprÃ© Barbancourt left no heir and when he died the company passed to his wife Nathalie GardÃ¨re who managed it with the help of her nephew, Paul GardÃ¨re. When she died, Paul then directed the companyâs destiny until 1946. At this time Rhum Barbancourtâs distillery was still located on le Chemin des Dalles in Port au Prince and only produced a limited quantity of rum. The older aged rums being exclusively reserved for family and friends. Technically Rum Barbancourt is a Rhum Agricole with all and only the fresh juice of the cane to be used, contrary to 95% of the world rums using the left-overs (Molasses, stalks) of the sugar refining industry. Agricole Rum belongs to the world of cognac or Armagnac, whenever Traditional Rum (also known as Industrial) is in the grappa / pomace world. However, if agricole, it is not submitted to the other rigors of âAOC Rhum Agricoleâ and therefore has its own style: relaxed Haitian!