Thursday, September 1, 2016

Dolin Rouge Vermouth de Chambéry - A Closer Look - Essay


My favorite drink is a Manhattan, which when properly made, includes a fine red vermouth.  I was recently inspired to learn more about my favorite red vermouth.
Dolin Rouge Vermouth de Chambéry - A Closer Look

My favorite drink is a Manhattan, which when properly made, includes a fine red vermouth.  I was recently inspired to learn more about my favorite red vermouth. Dolin Rouge Vermouth de Chambéry is produced in the town of Chambéry in the department of Savoie which is located in southeastern France, in a region which was awarded an Appellation d'origine controlee for its vermouths.  The recipe for Dolin vermouth dates back to 1821 when Ferdinand Dolin inherited it from his father-in-law Joseph Chavasse.

What exactly is vermouth?  Vermouth is made by adding herbs, roots and spices to wine.  In 2013, “Wine Spectator” magazine wrote that Dolin, "the last of the Chambéry producers of France," makes a citrusy and grapey dry vermouth, and its Rouge is "notably less sugary-sweet than many of its Italian counterparts, with notes of dried fruit and honey."  After drinking Noilly Prat, Lillet Rouge, and Martini and Rossi, I can attest to the fact that Dolin has a lighter, less sugary taste.

In her article “The Best Sweet Vermouth for a Manhattan,” Amanda Gabrielle at Supercall.com offers writes quite poetically, Produced in the bustling French mountain town of Chambery, Dolin Rouge is on the drier side of the sweet vermouth spectrum.  It’s made using the fine wines and botanicals found in the Alpine meadows surrounding the region, which create a light and balanced spirit.  Expect rich flavors of apple and hints of sherry”

In the city of Chambéry one can visit a splendid palace built by the Dukes of Savoy.  Constructed originally as a fortress in 1285, it was expanded into a residence in the early 14th century, and again enlarged and served as a government building, and at times as a residence.


Images: Dolin Vermouth Rouge, Glass and Mint by Virginia Billeaud Anderson
Chateau de Chambéry, built by the Dukes of Savoi