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Categories: Vermouth, Quinquina/Chinato, Floral/Herbal/Amaro Liqueurs

Famous for its cloisters, mountain lakes and ski villages, the Savoie borders both Switzerland and Italy’s Valle d’Aosta to the east, its vineyards amongst the highest in France. Savoyard wines are especially expressive of their terroir, its light, crisp whites and reds only now beginning to attract interest beyond its Alpine locale. Drawing on the botanical-rich flora indigenous to the region, Savoy remains better known for its inimitable contributions to alpine liqueurs and aperitif culture; home of Génépy and Vermouth de Chambéry, France’s only appellation-protégée for aromatized wine and an essential element in innumerable mixed drinks, including the Martini.

    Dolin Dry Vermouth de Chambéry bottle

    Dolin Dry Vermouth de Chambéry

    FranceSavoie 17.5% ABV

    17.5% ABV

    Dolin Dry is distinguished by its light, fresh and clean profile, which comes from a delicate wine base and more than thirty Alpine herbs. From its start in 1821, Dolin Vermouth de Chambéry has been the benchmark for fine French Vermouth. Its fresh and elegant nose, subtle and complex palate is the profile that made the 1:1 gin/dry vermouth Martini famous, and so often imitated by others. In the 1930s Chambéry earned France’s only protected designation of origin for Vermouth. Beyond mixed drinks, it is an ideal aperitif or accompaniment to raw shellfish, goat cheese or pesto. In cooking, Dolin Dry adds depth and an herbal character that normal white wine cannot. Full details

    Dolin Dry Vermouth de Chambéry label
    Dolin Blanc Vermouth de Chambéry bottle

    Dolin Blanc Vermouth de Chambéry

    FranceSavoie 16.0% ABV

    16.0% ABV

    The sweet, pale ‘Blanc’ variety of vermouth was first created and made famous by Dolin in Chambéry long before Italian producers replicated the style as ‘Bianco’. The Blanc is traditionally served with a sliced strawberry, a splash of soda and a twist. Dolin blanc’s elegance and slight vanilla edge marry beautifully in the ‘new classic’ Blond Negroni. In other cocktails, Dolin Blanc pairs well with blanco tequila or other flavorful clear spirits. It is ideal for infusions of melon or other fruit, and an appetizing accompaniment to a wide variety of cheeses. Full details

    Dolin Blanc Vermouth de Chambéry label
    Dolin Rouge Vermouth de Chambéry bottle

    Dolin Rouge Vermouth de Chambéry

    FranceSavoie 16.0% ABV

    16.0% ABV

    Dolin Rouge imparts lovely spicy notes amid its light and fresh profile, with a clean finish to complement and not overwhelm a drink’s other components. More than fifty herbs flavor Dolin Rouge; its profile is firm and balanced, without the excessive sweet or lingering aftertastes found in large commercial products. It makes for an exceptional Manhattan that does not bury the tastes of rye or bourbon, even at classic 1:1 proportions. Refreshes a Negroni, too. Dolin Rouge and a twist pairs well with charcuterie or black olives and works perfectly in tomato or meat cookery. Full details

    Dolin Rouge Vermouth de Chambéry label
    Comoz Blanc Vermouth de Chambéry bottle

    Comoz Blanc Vermouth de Chambéry

    FranceSavoie 16.0% ABV

    16.0% ABV

    Established in 1856, Comoz was the second-oldest of Chambéry vermouth producers after Dolin, and was the first to produce in a crystal-clear style. (Dolin preceded with a sweet pale, rather than crystal clear, blanc vermouth.) Introduced in 1881, Comoz Vermouth Blanc expressed Claudius Comoz’s selection of wines, plants and fruits, many of which come from the hills above Chambéry. Comoz came to fame as the essential vermouth in the El Presidente cocktail in Cuba. Comoz is less sweet than other vermouth blanc, with notes of stone fruits, alpine flowers and a deep, resonant undercurrent of wormwood. This deeper profile marries with whiskey better than any other pale vermouth. Full details

    Comoz Blanc Vermouth de Chambéry label
    Bonal Gentiane-Quina bottle

    Bonal Gentiane-Quina

    FranceSavoie 16.0% ABV

    16.0% ABV

    Since 1865, this spicy, earthy aperitif has been known as “ouvre l’appétit” - the key to the appetite. Serious in its role as an aperitif, and then popular with sportsmen, Bonal became an early sponsor of the Tour de France. It is made by an infusion of gentian, cinchona (quinine) and renowned herbs of the Grande Chartreuse mountains in a mistelle base. While tradition is to drink neat with a twist, Bonal also mixes well with fresh or hard cider, sparkling wine, and Scotch or American whiskies. Excellent with hard, salty cheeses, salted nuts, or earthy, spicy foods. Full details

    Bonal Gentiane-Quina label
    Floral/Herbal/Amaro Liqueurs
    Dolin Génépy le Chamois Liqueur bottle

    Dolin Génépy le Chamois Liqueur

    FranceSavoie 45.0% ABV

    45.0% ABV

    Génépy (sometimes spelled Génépi) is a legendary alpine herbal liqueur that dates back many hundreds of years. While comprised of a multitude of alpine herbs, the most prominent is Génépy, a petite variety of artemesia (often translated into English as “mountain sage”) found principally in the high mountains of the Savoy. Its bright herbal and fresh flavors have long been associated with the mountain air and adventure. Today it is still the darling of French ski resorts and fine dining, served on the rocks or with tonic water, and very welcome after a fondue. Using its own alembic still, Dolin has made this Génépy from local farmers’ herbs since 1821. Full details

    Dolin Génépy le Chamois Liqueur label