I can’t believe it’s been nearly a year since I last tried some Chapon chocolate – namely the absolutely superb Colombie 75% bar. Even though this one has been hanging around in my chocolate stash for that tim, which has seen me complete over 200 reviews, it’s still managed to keep a wonderful flavour.
Of course Chapon is a French chocolatier, and a flamboyant one at that who’s based in Chelles in an eastern suburb of Paris. Although he makes a range of filled chocolates, I’ve only ever managed to review is tablettes of single origin bars, which if they’re any indication of his wider range, then I’m sure they’ll be out of this world.
All three of these single origin bars have been magnificently created. The texture and mouth-feel is just sensational. All you have to do is place half a square in your mouth and let it melt. As it does you’ll witness caramel and orange flavours slowly peel off and move around the sides of your mouth. At the top the zesty tones will congregate to provide a delightful juxtaposition against the smoother, mellow flavours which appear to mainly be focused along the tongue.
It’d be an oversimplification, and an unjust one at that, to say that this is just a two-tone bar of chocolate – with the acidity and the low caramel notes. But if this bar just does offer those two characteristics but do an exemplary job of it, then I can’t see what’s wrong with that. There’s nothing overly complex, robust or unusual about this bar. Caramel and orange have been evident in a good number of dark chocolate bars I’ve reviewed, but few have been experienced against such a wonderful texture backdrop.
If you do go to Paris then take try and visit one of his three shops. You can find one on the other side of the River Seine from the Louvre by the Rue du Bac metro station (69 Rue du Bac 75007 Paris), If you’re in the west of the city he has another near the Ranelagh metro station (52 Avenue Mozart, 75016 Paris) or the main production facility in the far east of the city just up from the Chelles Gournay train station (31bis Avenue de la Résistance, 77500 Chelles).
Although there’s essentially not a great deal I can write about this bar, it does, however, of a pleasant and simple experience. And one that I think every chocolate fan should try if they get the chance.