In a nutshell: A subtle, elegant and fragrantly aromatic, dry Vermouth de Chambery from the venerable Dolin company in the French Alps.
The lowdown: Dolin is one of the historic vermouth brands and they use recipes unchanged since the early 19th century. This, their dry vermouth is made with natural ingredients, many of which are locally grown in the Savoy region. There's a hint of sweetness here in the rich generous nose where almond and stone fruit aromas sit over the slightly bitter citrus base. The palate is clean with dusty herby notes and the finish long and fragrant with the warmth of alcohol balancing the aromatics and herbiness.
When to drink: It's very enjoyable served quite simply on the rocks but, of course, is also a key part of a dry Martini.
They are the last independent company still producing Vermouth de Chambery. While all other producers have been subsumed into large corporations they continue to make a properly authentic product which earned France's only appellation controlée for vermouth in 1932.
The base wines, these days, are mainly sourced from the Armagnac region of South West France, but the plants and herbs that give the distinctive flavours and aromas are still found in the Alpine meadows of the Chambery region.
As a whole their range of vermouths retain a lighter, drier and less pungent character than a lot of their larger branded counterparts.