The 2008 Release of Journey to Chateau de la Fuente
 
 
Fuente Aged Selection presents the 2008 release of Journey to Chateau de la Fuente.
    
Journey to Chateau de la Fuente comes with a photo essay book and four rare cigars.
 
 
The photo essay book contains 25 unforgettable photographs of Chateau de la Fuente where the legendary wrapper leaves of Fuente Fuente OpusX are grown. The essay is written by Richard Carleton Hacker, cigar journalist.
 
 
 
 
Photo Gallery of Journey to Chateau de la Fuente
 
 
In 2008, Journey to Chateau de la Fuente is released in two different versions: 4,000 brown and 1,000 black boxes.
       
Version #1: 4,000 brown boxes come with:
      
     2 Fuente Fuente OpusX, Scorpio 2005
       1 Don Carlos Edicion de Aniversario, Double Robusto 2006
     1 Fuente Fuente Forbidden X, Toro 2004
      
Version #2: 1,000 black boxes come with:
      
     4 Fuente Fuente Forbidden X, Toro 2004
   
Each box is serial-numbered and comes with a certificate of authenticity.

MSRP $160.00  The MSRP will vary, depending on the tobacco tax and import duty rates in the state or country where the authorized Prometheus dealer is located.
 
 
Version #1: 4,000 boxes released
   
2 Fuente Fuente OpusX, Scorpio 2005
1 Don Carlos Edicion de Aniversario, Double Robusto 2006
1 Fuente Fuente Forbidden X, Toro 2004
 
 
    
Version #2:
1,000 black boxes released
     
4 Fuente Fuente Forbidden X, Toro 2004

 
 
The lofty, purple-hued mountains in the distance are laced with ribbons of nickel and gold, but today the real treasure comes from the fertile soil in the valley below - the rich tobaccos of Chateau de la Fuente.

Here, midst flowers and ferns, thatched curing barns enclose the leaves as they prepare for their journey from soil to cigars.

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Journey to Chateau de la Fuente
 
Six of the eight Royal Guardsmen - the sole survivors of the tortuous, uprooting wrath of hurrican Georges in 1998 - stand guard like silent sentinels over the fields of Chateau de la Fuente.

When Carlito saw these eight Royal Palms still standing after the devastating wrath of the hurricane had passed, he refused to cut them down when the fields were replanted.

"I believe there is something uniquely, even wonderfully spiritual, about these eight palms," he says, "They are survivors."

Indeed, Royal Palms are a Cuban symbol of endurance, and require many years to reach their great heights.  Thus, in many ways, they are like the Fuente Family itself.

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Journey to Chateau de la Fuente
 
 
Fuente Aged Selection
 
 
After the harvest, the fresh green tobacco is hung in curing barns where their moisture is allowed to evaporate slowly. After over 6 weeks in the curing barn, the leaves gradually turn to a beautiful, rich shade of brown. The cured tobacco leaves are then fermented - after which they are aged for years before the Fuentes consider them ready for their finest cigars. Even though the cigars are made with aged tobacco, they have to be aged again after skilled torcedors rolled them. Carlos Fuente, Father and Son, age their cigars at least for four months before they release them from their aging room.

When the cigars are first made, they are in the embryonic stage in which their ultimate taste is still being developed. As they are aged, they go through the maturation. During the maturation, the filler, binder and wrapper leaves form a perfect unity and balance, and the taste of the combined tobaccos becomes even more enhanced. The cigars, which are aged for one year in an ideal environment, will taste far better than when they were first made. The taste of the cigar reaches its pinnacle as they are aged for longer years.

When you produce wine, you do not use aged grapes. You harvest grapes for that year’s wine. However, in case of cigar making, you use the tobacco, which has already been aged for many years. The year on the bottle of vintage wine signifies the year of the grape harvest. However, you cannot put the year of the tobacco harvest on the box of the cigars. There is a good chance that the filler, binder and wrapper leaves are all harvested in different years. The year on the second bands signifies when the cigars were produced. You can track how long these Fuente Aged Selection cigars have been aged since their production from the year on the second band.
     
Please do not forget to age some of these vintage cigars even further, like fine wines, for added enjoyment in the future.
 
 
 
Cigars
   
   
Don Carlos
Edicion de Aniversario
   
   
FFOX 6 for CFCF
   
FFOX 23 for CFCF