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March 13, 2019
Tequila makes us smarter. So, drink smart - Sophie Decobecq of Calle 23
Smack dab in the middle of the male dominated tequila world is French-born Sophie Decobecq - the owner and master distiller of Calle 23.
Looking to study fermentation in Mexico while pursuing a dual PhD in biochemistry and engineering in her native France, Sophie contacted the President of the Polytechnics Institute of Mexico City - inadvertently creating what would later become an official international exchange program. During these first 7 months in Mexico City, Sophie visited distilleries in Guadalajara and Tequila throughout the Mexican countryside, developing a passion for the region, the people and the tequila spirit.
Sophie subsequently took her first job consulting for an agave distillery in South Africa, but made her return to Mexico in 2003, propagating a series her own propriety yeast strands from a local farm. In the following years, Sophie established the export company, IMEX International, and started her own project, Calle 23, in Guadalajara.
The excellence of Sophie’s tequilas are emblematic of her background in both biochemistry and fermentation - through using different yeast strains, the Calle 23 trilogy demonstrates the various expressions of agave that is unique in tequila production.
Sophie’s slogan is “Tequila makes us smarter. So, drink smart,” and we couldn’t choose anything more fit for the job than Calle 23.