Sombra Reposé Mezcal

Sombra Reposé Mezcal
Sombra Reposé Mezcal, finished in French wine barrels.

Sombra Mezcal has launched Sombra Reposé — a reposado aged in Bordeaux wine barrels.

Sourced from Château Léoville Poyferré, a second-growth wine estate in St Julien, France, the barrels are filled with Sombra’s Espadin mezcal and aged for up to six months. The Limousin oak softens the mezcal while enhancing the spirit’s botanical balance, the company reports, bringing through a light rosé color.

“We are very excited for our latest expression, Sombra Reposé, which uses our award-winning mezcal made from Espadin agave,” says Martha Cardoso, Sombra’s GM and director of the Sombra Adobe Brick Project. “It is fair trade and responsibly sourced, and aged in French barrels that formerly held prestigious wine. This process produces a refined spirit with a beautiful rose-colored hue, hence the name Reposé (French for rested, similar to the Spanish reposado).”

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Sombra has a commitment to sustainability, including for The Adobe Brick Project, a community-focused program that upcycles distillation waste to create adobe bricks used to build houses for those in need, the company says. Also, the company donates at least 1% of sales to certified environmental charities and local educational initiatives in Oaxaca, Mexico.

Sombra Reposé Reposado Mezcal is 45% ABV. It has a fruity nose with a hint of smoke, vanilla, orange peel and blackberries, the company reports. It is smooth and warming to the palate, with a fruit-driven finish.

The new expression is available nationwide this month for a suggested retail price of $49.99 per 750-ml. bottle.

Founded in 2006, Sombra Mezcal is an artisanal mezcal made at Sombra’s palenque in Santiago Matatlán, Oaxaca, Mexico. Sombra is made from high altitude, naturally-grown Espadín agave, distilled at the traditional strength of 90 proof.

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