The Navarre is the only cigar exclusively made with French tobacco. You’re about to learn everything about this premium cigar, completely by hand. From the seed to the rolling, we’ll introduce you all the steps that lead to the conception of the Navarre cigar.
Tobacco used for making cigars Navarre is a French dark tobacco grown in Béarn.
Navarre Cigars are 100% cultivated in Béarn, traditional culture land of dark tobacco. A plot has been selected in Moumour (Pyrenean foothills) where it enjoys both a highly fertile ground for growing dark tobacco, position and an ideal climate. The sort ITB 1000 was selected by the laboratory of Bergerac.
Seeds germinationFrom 1st March seedling floats are installed, the seeds being laid down in honeycombed trays filled with compost. Germination will take about a month.
The seeds will be planted at a quantity of 28000 plans for the production of wrappers made under tapados and of 32000 for the production of fillers.
Full field cultivation and under tapados (May-July)
For the cultivation of tobacco used to make Navarre cigars, we must distinguish the tobacco used to make the heart of the cigar called filler from the one for the wrapper. The seeds producing the first are cultivated in “field” and those for wrappers “under tapados“. The tapados protect the leaves from a too blazing sun or a from a too rainy weather. They create an atmosphere (temperature humidity) favourable to healthy development of wrapper leaves (width and elasticity).
Once harvested, tobacco leaves are hung in a dryer. Over about 50 days, the leaves are going to lose their water (85% of their weight) and changing of colour from green to brown through yellow. The drying is a very sensitive operation.It really has to be progressive, neither too fast, nor too slow. In our manufactury, we have a dryer similar to Cuban ones. It enables us to control temperature and humidity thanks to its numerous overtures.
The selection of leaves
In broad outline, we must distinguish 3 kinds of leaves on a tobacco plant :The top of the plant : the Ligero which gives the cigar its strenght.The middle of the plant : the Seco. It reveals all the flavors.The bottom of the plant : the Volado which improves the combustion of the cigar.After the drying, all those leaves will be separated and gathered in bundles before their transport to the manufacture.
Once at the manufacture, the bundles are emplaced in the fermentation room. This process lasts about 12 days. It consists in exposing the tobacco to high temperature and humidity rates. First, the temperature turns up and then it turns down by stages. Ths programmation will lead to the elimination of nitrogenous matters, starchs, and of a part of nicotine. The fermentation also favours the express of flavors.The Ligero, The Seco and The Volado all have a distinct program of fermentation.The elimination of the mid-ribThis operation consists in removing the mid-rib of the tobacco leave for the wrapper. Only one third of the lower part is kept for the filler.
Making up of the Navarre cigar
To produce some premium long-filled cigars, we must distinguish two steps:– The making up of the filler, the heart of cigars: our Cuban women rollers blend some different types of tobacco leaves. These whole lenght leaves are folded into pleats and are rolled in a leaf called binder. The assembly method, which is called liga, is a factory secret recipe. The filler is put into a mold. The molds go to press for a few hours and then cigars take their final shape.
The laying of the wrapper: the roller puts the filler on a wrapper leaf and wraps the cigar. Then, she shapes the head (Pañuelo) and puts down the cap (goro). Then the foot is cut at the desired size.
Each cigar is controlled two times.The first control operation is done after the made-up of the filler, just before the rolling stage: the draw of the cigar is tested; each cigar out of standard draw is rejected.The second one comes after the laying of the wrapper It’s the aspect of the cigar which then is controlled.
Shapes of cigars
From the smaller to the bigger
Athos Petit Robusto, 105 x 19.84 mm
Unlit, a taste of French pastry. At first draw, strength of the French terroir is outlined with blackcurrant and chestnuts aromas freshened by a touch of mint.
Aramits Grand Robusto, 124 x 19.84 mm
Created for a smoothing savouring taste, which, still unlit, exhales notes of gingerbread, lilac and dry tea.Outstanding first draws attack, softened by cocoa and liquorice/flavours. Spicy aromas of wet earth, and roasted coffee beans.
Milady Corona Gorda, 143 x 18.26 mm
Latest from our factory, 100% seco very aromatic cigar that is well suited enjoying a champagne
Porthos Grand Robusto, 150 x 20,64 mm
We started to produce this cigar in 2011. The more Cuban of our cigars.
D’Artagnan Grand Double Corona, 230 x 19.84 mm
Exceptional draw for a model for this size which enhances the fresh aroma of citrusfruits and figs. Heady taste of floral and spice, evocative of musk and leather.A cigar for expert smokers ready for an ecstasy voyage.Each module is made from a blend (liga made of ligero, seco and volado according to the manufacture own secret recipe).
Cigares Navarre | Comptoir du Tabac
Place des Casernes
64190 Navarrenx – FRANCE
Phone +33 5 59 66 51 96