THE BELGIAN PIERRE MARCOLINI opened his first store in Brussels in 1995, the same year he was named the World Champion of Pastry. A decade later we can find PIERRE MARCOLINI outlets in Paris, London, New York and Kuwait as well as several in Tokyo and numerous ones in Belgium. The secret of this meteoric rise lies in the fantastic creativity displayed by this master chocolatier. In his chocolates we find not only more unusual fruit, such as apple, pear, blackcurrent and melon but also ingredients such as pepper, chestnut, tonka beans and even patchouli, sandalwood and oak.
Apart from a wide variety of chocolates, sweets and cakes, which often come in the form of seasonal collections, PIERRE MARCOLINI also sells a few bars and a tasting box, which will be the subject of our scrutiny. The tasting box, called Saveurs du Monde features single-origin "caraques" (small squares of chocolate), all 75%, from seven regions, which form the first seven of the entries below. (Note that one of the caraques has been replaced since we reviewed this box). PIERRE MARCOLINI now also has an impressive array of single origin bars, of which more details are given below.