Corte Vetusto Ensamble II Mezcal
About Corte Vetusto Ensamble II Mezcal
A multi-award-winning artesanal mezcal from a fourth-generation Master Mezcalero.
The Ensamble II expression is crafted from a blend of mature, wild agaves: Espadin, Madrecuishe & Tobalá. Each batch's blend of agaves is unique, making every bottle inherently limited edition.
Discover the captivating world of traditional, artesanal mezcal with Corte Vetusto.
750ml 90.4 Proof
Vanilla, mint, citrus, and smoked wood on the nose. The palate is savory, vegetal, smoky, with a bit of black pepper. Strong minerality. A smooth, creamy, relaxing finish.
Ways to Enjoy
Classic: neat, in small sips (like a kiss)
Gold & Best in Class - American Distilling Institute, 2019
This artisanal, single-producer mezcal is made using century's old techniques passed down through generations. Neither formulas nor scientific equipment are relied upon to make this mezcal. Rather, it's experience, skill, patience, and art that together create this exquisite liquid.
The wild agaves used in Ensamble are between 10-35 years old. Carefully chosen by the Maestro Mezcalero, they are hand-harvested by machete and coa (a long wooden stick with a thin blade at the bottom), and then cooked, milled, fermented, and distilled all together for a true marriage of the different flavors each agave brings.
The agave hearts (piñas) are roasted in a conical earthen pit lined with volcanic rock, which absorbs and maintains the heat. Regional hardwoods, including mesquite, are lit, and agave fibers from a previous distillation are used as a base, to prevent the fresh piñas from burning and producing an overly bitter mezcal. Here, the natural starches in the piñas are converted into fermentable sugars over the course of 3-5 days.
Once cooled, the piñas, cut into smaller pieces by machete, are slowly crushed the traditional way: a horse pulls a large volcanic millstone (tahona) around a stone base in which the tender, fragrant piñas sit.
Once the juice is extracted and the fibers crushed, it is all transferred to large open-topped wooden vats for fermentation. Pure local mountain spring water is added, and then nature is allowed to take her time as wild, native airborne yeasts do their work of fermentation. This process that can take up to two weeks depending on season and even wind conditions.
Finally, for maximum flavor and complexity both the liquid and the fibers are transferred to the still. The first distillation is in a wood-fired copper still, and the second distillation is in smaller clay still. The choice of still influences the speed, output, and flavor of the mezcal, and Juan Carlos Gonzalez Diaz is one of the few known mezcaleros to use both copper and clay stills for distillation of single batches.
|Terroir||Corte Vetusto is made at a palenque in Mitla, in the Oaxaca region. Mitla is home to a famous archeological site, the sacred burial site of the Zapotec.|
|Founder Facts||Juan Carlos Gonzalez Diaz is a fourth-generation mezcalero. He is committed to the traditional ways, but brings tremendous expertise and finely-honed sensibility to his methods - which is how the innovation of distilling in both copper and clay came about. He leads a team of four and together they produce Corte Vetusto.|
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- RichardI recommend this productRated 5 stars1 year agoIncredible Mezcal!
I have tasted many mezcals but none match this in terms of complexity and depth of flavor. Truly outstanding mezcal you have to have in your repertoire.Was this helpful?
- Rob I.I recommend this productRated 5 stars1 year agoDesert Island Bottle
This is one of my desert island bottles. Right in the leather sack next to an Elijah Craig 18 year single barrel and a 1977 Ardbeg. It’s as smooth on the pallet as it is rich in the follow through. It’s the finest Agave spirit I’ve ever had...and you’ve probably never heard of.Was this helpful?
- Al I.I recommend this productRated 5 stars1 year agoA must have!
A fantastic addition to any collection big or small. Exquisite.Was this helpful?