After being friends for several years, Ornella Valcke, Jerome Valcke, Luciano Meirelles, and the owners of Mas Igneus at the time all became partners of Mas Igneus Winery. In the heart of Priorat, it is located in one of the most exclusive wine-growing regions in the world, just 80 miles North of Barcelona, Spain. Mas Igneus is a Catalan expression that can be translated as “House of Ignition.” Named after the winery, ACE Prime has officially announced the Mas Igneus cigar.
“At Mas Igneus, our goal is to bottle every wine with passion, dedication, and confidence in what we’ve created. To find that same commitment with Luciano, and Ace Prime, in creating what is not only an independently innovative cigar, but something that can be paired with our wines is priceless.” – WSAT Sommelier and Co-Founder of Mas Igneus Ornella Valcke.
Long before the announcement of the Mas Igneus cigar, Ace Prime set out innovate and developsa cigar that not only impresses with its balanced PH, medium-full taste profile but has the traditional signature of its blender Luciano Meirelles: strength without aggression.
This collaboration between the cigar manufacturer and the prestigious wine producer is not new. In late 2021, Ace Prime had previously announced the launch of a wine produced by Mas Igneus for the Luciano – The Dreamer cigar.
This new cigar is said to feature notes of dark chocolate and oak with a creamy smoke texture, a carefully crafted cigar that the makers tried to make appropriate for any situation. The intention was to develop a cigar that is both an extraordinary stand alone experience, as well as a perfect match for the “M” wine from the traditional Mas Igneus Winery. The brand shares that Its balanced PH makes it possible to also pair with dense wines such Malbecs, Cabernet Sauvignon, Granaches, Shiraz and Bordeaux.
The Mas Igneus features a Corojo 98 Ecuadorian High Prime wrapper, a Brazilian Binder and Nicaraguan fillers. Crowed Heads will distribute this line in the US. “When hearing about this project by Luciano and Pichardo, it was evident that it was pretty ambitious. It’s not easy to blend a cigar that pairs with wines, but to do it well is a rare accomplishment I believe they have achieved with Mas Igneus.” – Miguel Schoedel, National Sales Manager of Crowned Heads.