Valrhona Alpaco 66% from Ecuador
Valrhona Chocolate Sourced in Ecuador Equals Pure Pleasure
Ecuador derives its name from its straddling the equator, which provides the perfect climate and terroir to support world-class cocoa and has made it one of the most important cocoa producing countries in the world.
Nestled in the “chocolate triangle” formed by the villages of Vinces, Quevedo and Babaoio are cocoa plantations that have been cared for over many generations.
Here, a traditional local bean variety is cultivated called “Nacional,” better known as Arriba cocoa, which is used to create Alpaco, Grand Cru de Terroir from Ecuador.
An Exquisite Equatorial Bean
Made from the Ecuadorian Arriba Nacional cocoa bean, the Alpaco is a dark chocolate bar that possesses a profile of fascinating contrasts.
Its robust cocoa strength is perfectly balanced with lighter floral notes of jasmine and orange blossom.
A Fabulous Flavor Profile
Like a fine wine, or an exotic equatorial flower, the Valrhona Alpaco has a distinctive flavor profile and bouquet.
Floral and oaky, strongly intense, with hints of roasted nuts and bitter-sweet notes. The subtleness of floral aromas exquisitely m elting into supremely intense chocolate notes
How should it be tasted sensorial analysis
The carefully selected, unique, aromatic “Nacional”, cocoa beans offer a chocolate with a seductive blend of Intensity and Refinement.
This is a chocolate that subtly reveals delicate floral flavors and the hint of precious scents, such as jasmine and orange-blossom, before transitioning smoothly and speedily into notes of roasted hazelnuts that linger deliciously throughout that in-between moment.
The final after-taste bouquet, an elusive bitter-sweetness reaches a crescendo, rewarding with an ultimate hint of woodiness.
Alpaco 66% - Wine Pairing
Here is and example of a strong velvety cabernet sauvignon and a chocolate taste that taste completely differently when tasted on their own, and then together. The nutty bitterness of Alpaco melds with the high acid and tannins of a Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon.
Cherry and cranberry fruit notes emerge along with the flavor of peanuts and almonds when the two are together.
A Malmsey Madeira is also right at home here; sharing nutty character, while
bringing out the fruity tang of the Madeira
An original chocolate bar:
• A square bar (4.3 x 4.3 in.) conveys a premium status
• A thinner bar to enhance aromas during tasting
• Asymmetrical “breaking lines” to be innovating
• Subtle and elegant design
Discover and experience the aromatic palette of Valrhona chocolate with the Degustation Grand Crus tasting squares Gift Box.
The box includes a Valrhona Tasting Wheel, a tool that helps lovers of fine chocolates enjoy our Grands Crus chocolates.
6 flavors: Manjari 64%, Taïnori 64%, Caraïbe 66%, Guanaja 70%, Alpaco 66% and Abinao 85%
Grands Crus Chocolates: made from the harmonious blending of cocoa beans from plantations with exceptional terroirs and chosen for their particular flavor characteristics.