Now available in bar format, Grand Lait 45% can now be accessed by everyone without confectionery intents. The bar is strong in chocolate flavor, has great balance, and lacks a sweetness many milk bars possess. It’s the second one to try, next to Mangaro Lait, but certainly it’s not one to be missed.
Hans-Peter Rot: 28-Nov-2006
This is an outstanding looking milk chocolate, immediately wowing the eyes with a rich orange color similar to a pecan shell, and then with the usual Cluizel luster and relative lack of imperfections. Aroma, too, presents little room for improvement even if perhaps it is a tad milky, but overall more chocolaty and satisfying, especially in contrast to other chocolates of this class, and even to CluizelĂ˘â‚¬â„˘s other milk bars.
Leaving little room for disappointment either, the flavor continues to satisfy, with at first the strong and deep chocolatiness of the cacao, and then just the slightest hint of dairy from the milk solids, serving as an occasional reminder of its presence but never as a domineering force. More chocolaty than milky, though, the flavor is strong and assertive yet balanced and neutral at the same time, as if Cluizel had simply added milk to his outstanding Noir de Cacao 72% blend and produced a milk chocolate of comparable quality. Texture continues to excel; it’s masterfully controlled and has a smooth and creamy consistency that’s a far cry from the fudgy textures of many other milk bars.
CluizelĂ˘â‚¬â„˘s 33% milk chocolate rightfully received the red card in favor for a stronger candidate to continue the darker proclivity of CluizelĂ˘â‚¬â„˘s milk bars. Now available in bar format (it was only available as pistoles previously), we now have wider access to another prime candidate in the Cluizel milk range. Grand Lait 45% is an excellent introduction to dark milk chocolate and comes close to SlittiĂ˘â‚¬â„˘s Lattenero 51% but falls just short of the greatness contained therein by virtue of CluizelĂ˘â‚¬â„˘s subtle milky flavor. On its own, though, the chocolate has wonderful strength and a great balance among milk, sugar, and cacao, making the bar a perfect tutorial chocolate to compare against sweeter milk bars and also to satisfy more demanding critics requiring the sophistication (and lack of sweetness) of dark chocolate.