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Dolin Dry Vermouth de Chambéry

  • Classical style of vermouth with a light, clean profile.
  • Vermouth de Chambéry made the Martini famous; try it in a 50:50.
  • Complements shellfish and simple fish preparations.
  • Appellation-designated, indigenous to the mountains of the Savoy.
  • Dolin is the only remaining producer of the style.

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 1930’s 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.

The finesse of dry Chambéry needs very little pampering to show its beauty. A lemon twist or wedge provides contrast without overpowering. The drink's bright, fresh flavors complement simple fish preparations. Try a 50/50 Martini with a steak: It exudes 1960s New York glamour and a time when vermouth was so good you wanted to taste it in your Martini. Classic low-alcohol dry vermouth drinks also shine with the texture of Dolin dry—try a Chrysanthemum, Bamboo or Rose cocktail for a sophisticated aperitif.

keeps
0-2 years
(50-65ºF)
keeps
2-3 weeks
(refrigerate)
pour
varies
(48-55ºF)

About Dolin & Cie

Dolin is among the few remaining independent producers of vermouth and the last producing Vermouth de Chambéry. Dolin continues to make the authentic product according to the principles which earned Chambéry France’s only A.O. for vermouth back in 1932. This means production in Chambéry itself, maceration of real plants rather than pre-prepared infusions, and the unique addition of sugar as opposed to other sweetening products. Dolin has also long produced the legendary alpine liqueur Génépy from local herbs.

The particular quality of Vermouth de Chambéry was first identified in 1821 by one Joseph Chavasse, whose son-in-law Ferdinand Dolin inherited the recipe, and the now eponymous company. Dolin Vermouth was winning medals in Philadelphia, St Louis and London in the late 19th century, and still remains the benchmark for fine French vermouth. A hallmark of Vermouth de Chambéry was the creation of the Blanc (aka Bianco) style, a first clear vermouth, of which the Dry recipe has been celebrated in cocktails from the 1920s onwards.

According to Chavasse’s recipe, the base wine was made from local grapes. However, phylloxera led to replanting in the region with red varieties, or overly aromatic whites such as Jacquère. As with Cognac and Armagnac, the best base wine is very light, and as neutral as possible. Not surprisingly, the majority of the base wine now comes from the Armagnac vineyards of the Gers in addition to local/regional producers. On the other hand, the particular flavors and aromas of the plants are of crucial importance, and the Dolin secret recipe continues to be made from the herbs and aromatic plants naturally found in the Alpine meadows above Chambéry. These are individual Vermouths of remarkable freshness, purity and complexity. Full details

About Vermouth

In the history of vermouth there are four principal production regions, each with its own distinctive style and varieties. Two of these regions are protected designations of origin: Vermouth di Torino and Vermouth de Chambéry, with a third, Vermut de Reus, awaiting formal recognition. Vermouth di Torino is the original “Italian sweet red,” generally rich and sweet. Vermouth de Chambéry is famous for a clean, light and floral style. These qualities made possible (and famous) the Martini at 1:1 gin to dry vermouth. Chambéry is also home to the first clear sweet vermouth, called "blanc." Vermouth de Reus are generally less sweet than Italian varieties, smooth and wormwood forward. Over 95% sold is Red (Rojo/Roig) on ice with olives and potato chips. Marseilles style (e.g., Noilly Original Dry) is historically a lightly aged, oxidative vermouth, made famous in the kitchen for deglazing and cream sauces. The West Coast/Modern styles had an uneven start post-war, but today there are quality products and sometimes unique taste profiles. Full details

Recipes See all 33 recipes for this product33 recipes available at https://alpenz.com/productrecipes-dolin_dry.html

The 50/50 Martini

Stir with ice:
1.5 oz Hayman’s London Dry Gin
1.5 oz Dolin Dry Vermouth de Chambéry
2 dashes orange bitters.
Strain into a coupe.
Garnish with a lemon peel and an olive.

Brainstorm Cocktail

Stir with ice:
1.5 oz Irish whiskey
1 oz Dolin Dry Vermouth de Chambéry
0.5 oz Bénédictine
Strain into a coupe.
Garnish with orange peel.

Chrysanthemum Cocktail

Stir with ice:
2 oz Dolin Dry Vermouth de Chambéry
1 oz Bénédictine
1 bar spoon absinthe
Strain into a coupe.
Garnish with a lemon peel.

Old Hickory Cocktail

Stir with ice:
1.5 oz Dolin Dry Vermouth de Chambéry
1.5 oz Dolin Rouge Vermouth de Chambéry
2 dash Angostura Bitters
2 dash orange bitters
Strain into a coupe.
Garnish with an orange peel.

Old Pal Cocktail

Stir with ice:
1 oz bourbon
1 oz Aperitivo Cappelletti
1 oz Dolin Dry Vermouth de Chambéry
Strain into a double rocks glass filled with ice.
Garnish with an orange peel.

SKU Vintage Region Origin Desc Cepage % Alc Size/Pack Finish BTL Barcode Cs Barcode Cs Wgt
HZ 9500NVSavoieFRVermouth; Dry17.5%750/12screwcap32745100037911327451000379815.30 kg
HZ 9501NVSavoieFRVermouth; Dry17.5%375/12screwcap3274510003807132745100038048.30 kg