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The Society’s Chambéry
Aperitifs from France
Vermouth is an aromatised wine which is flavoured mainly by infusion of the wormwood flower. It’s seeing a revival in fortunes as craft producers embrace its complex charms, but for us it never went out of fashion! This is one of our bestselling spirits and Dolin, one of our oldest continuous suppliers, really do make it better than anyone. Dry and floral Chambéry is probably the most distinctive of all vermouths. Drink chilled on its own, with a twist of lemon, or with tonic or soda to make a delightful aperitif. Garnish with citrus, peels and fresh herbs to take it to the next level.
Price: £9.50 Bottle
Price: £114.00 Case of 12
- 3 - Dry, rich
- Within two years of purchase
- 17.5% Alcohol
Dolin has been making vermouth in the foothills of the Alps around Chambery since 1821, using an unchanged recipe making the most of herbs and plants found growing in the region. They were awarded the first and only Apellation d’Origine for Vermouth de Chambery in 1932 and, though the style flourished in the 19th and early 20th centuries, Dolin are the only independent producer remaining in the town.
Their vermouths are made with a high proportion of wine (about 75 to 80%, much more than most vermouth producers) in addition to fresh local herbs and are sweetened using only sugar rather than other sweetening agents often used elsewhere, giving a more natural sweetness and mouthfeel.
All this results in vermouths of great finesse and freshness; and their recipe, created by Joseph Chavasse in the second decade of the 19th century, remains a closely guarded secret!
Water-white, herby alpine vermouth, with glorious aniseed and angelica flavours.
Scotland on Sunday
The Chambéry area ofFrance takes this drink so seriously that it has its own appellation forvermouth. [This] has a clean and floral nose that’s slightly perfumed andsupplemented by touches of...The Chambéry area ofFrance takes this drink so seriously that it has its own appellation forvermouth. [This] has a clean and floral nose that’s slightly perfumed andsupplemented by touches of violets. There’s also gentle acidity and a savourybase that brings in a minty freshness and a twist of liquorice.
A little [vermouth]goes a long way, so start your appreciation at the palest, lightest and driestend of the spectrum, with a fine, French appellation contrôlée-approved,delicate, herby, mint and ...A little [vermouth]goes a long way, so start your appreciation at the palest, lightest and driestend of the spectrum, with a fine, French appellation contrôlée-approved,delicate, herby, mint and aniseed-licked Alpine version.
The Mail on Sunday
Sublime herbs in thisMartini-tastic vermouth.
Vermouth is back onthe drinks tray. Made from a neutral base wine, fortified with a neutralgrape-based brandy and flavoured with aromatic herbs, flowers and spices,vermouth is a must-have summer 2015...Vermouth is back onthe drinks tray. Made from a neutral base wine, fortified with a neutralgrape-based brandy and flavoured with aromatic herbs, flowers and spices,vermouth is a must-have summer 2015 bottle. Of them all, the delightful WineSociety’s mint and angelica-scented Chambéry is brilliant value for money.
The Sunday Times
Light aniseed, frothyfennel flowers and an almost health-giving herbiness make this one of thelightest and driest [vermouths] around. No vodka will refuse it for a martini.
The Mail on Sunday
Drink like Connery:My pick to shake and not stir in your Martini for its unbeatable value,quality, polish and zing.
Make a magical drymartini with this fragrant, mint and Alpine flower-scented white vermouth.
… alpineflower-scented …