A new Tequila brand, Casa Obsidiana, has been launched by the Beckmann Gonzalez family of Jalisco, Mexico and the Boisset family of Burgundy and California.
Set to merge the heritage art of Tequila making with the culture of modern Mexico, the brand has been crafted by a trio of masters: A master tequilero, a master vintner, and masters in the tequila world.
For this new venture, Jean-Charles Boisset, a world leader in wine hailing from Burgundy with wineries in France and California, joined forces with Jorge and Roberto Beckmann Gonzalez, who have inherent expertise from over 260 years of family experience in tequila making.
“We have always been inspired by the culture of tequila and of Mexico at large, from its ancient history to its modern art,” says Jean-Charles Boisset, Proprietor of the Boisset Collection and Co-Founder of Casa Obsidiana.
“We have known Jorge and Roberto and their family for more than two decades and have always dreamt of creating a tequila that united their family with ours. They bring the founding history of tequila while we represent the heritage of wine and barrel-finishing. Together, we bring a distinctive, passionate and spiritual energy to the world of tequila that is distinctly ours and represents tradition and modernity.”
Uniting their own mastery and artistry in the craft of tequila and winemaking to create an incredibly smooth yet complex spirit, the two families have focused on the locality of the ingredients, heritage Agave strains and four-decades-old proprietary yeast to create the world’s most refined, exquisite tequila.
“We are thrilled to partner with the Boisset team on a spirit that infuses old-world values of tequila with new-world, innovative finishing methods to produce a truly one-of-a-kind authentic tequila,” added Roberto Beckmann, Co-Founder of Casa Obsidiana. “Our goal is to bring forth a tequila that embodies everything a modern Mexico represents – art, culture, architecture, and a certain ‘modo de vivir.’ With the expertise of Francisco, Casa Obsidiana stands alone.”
With a portfolio that comprises a Blanco, a Reposado, and an Añejo – are all made from 100% Blue Weber agave, the new brand is presenting its liquid in handcrafted ceramic bottles created by Mexican artisans and adorned with its namesake obsidian stone.
“My life’s work as an advocate for the art of authentic tequila making and the protection of its rich history and culture is embedded into Casa Obsidiana’s tequilas,” says Francisco Quijana, Master Tequilero at Casa Obsidiana.
“I was excited to see the development of the tequila’s tasting notes after being aged in wine barrels and found that the end result both honours the traditions of tequila making while shining a light on what modern-day Mexico has to offer. It’s also exciting to bring this to life beside partners both old and new.”
Casa Obsidiana’s lineup of ultra-premium tequilas include:
- Casa Obsidiana Blanco: Casa Obsidiana Blanco’s bottle shape, called Coa, is inspired by the agave piña, or the core of the agave plant that is roasted and fermented to become tequila. The youngest expression of the portfolio is aged for 16 days, creating an aroma of papaya, white flowers, vanilla, and allspice with a lush mouthfeel with notes of vegetation and black pepper.
- Casa Obsidiana Reposado: The bottle shape of Casa Obsidiana Reposado is inspired by water’s fluid movement and ability to gently shape over time, with a colour reminiscent of the Blue Weber agave plants. Aged for four months, the tequila features an aroma of hazelnut, toffee, charred peppers, and stewed citrus. The palate provides tasting notes of warm baking spices, caramel, and earthy agave.
- Casa Obsidiana Añejo: An ode to Mexican cubism, the Casa Obsidiana Añejo bottle’s rich red colour represents the iron-rich volcanic earth of its estate agave fields. The Añejo is aged for 15 months and has an aroma of oak, coffee, clove, and candied citrus. Tasting notes include butterscotch, cinnamon, raisins, and roasted agave.
Casa Obsidiana pays tribute to the obsidian stone found in abundance nestled among the volcanic earth where its agave plants are grown and harvested, as it has been used in Mexican culture and rituals for thousands of years and is known to cleanse oneself of negative influences. The stone is dark in colour to make space for light, passion, and positive intention within us.
Casa Obsidiana is a tequila forged from the elements of Mexico that hopes to bring light and vibrancy to cherished moments.
Launch events will take place on December 6 and 7 at Boisset’s Calistoga Depot Distillery. A master class, ‘Casa Obsidiana — Forged from the Elements, Created by Passion,’ led by Jean-Charles Boisset and Jorge and Roberto Beckmann Gonzalez will take place on December 7. Tickets can be purchased here.