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Dolin has an extensive history in France, beginning in 1815 when 25-year-old Joseph Chavasse created a liqueur distillery in Mont Blanc. The mountains had wonderful alpine gardens where he could find all of the plants he needed to create the liqueurs he had invented. Inspired by aperitifs in Turin, he created a new vemouth in 1821 with a secret recipe, using a wide variety of plants infused into a Savoyard white wine with a selection of spices added. He settled in Chambéry in 1830 and focused all of his energy into making vermouths. In 1843, Louis-Ferdinand Dolin married into the family and became the vermouth maker, and gave his name to the company and brand. Charles and Joseph Sevez, grocers, bought the distillery from the family in 1919 as there were no heirs to inherit the business, but they kept the brand name and passed the company and expertise down through their families. They are the last remaining producers of Vermouth de Chambéry, and still make authentic product according to the principles that earned Chambéry France’s only A.O. for vermouth back in 1932. This dry vermouth is very bright, fresh, and clean. It comes from a delicate wine base and selection of plants, alpine herbs, and spices. On the nose, it is full of citrus peel with streaks of menthol, mountain plants, and white balsamic. It is an elegant aperitif that can be enjoyed by itself on the rocks, with a velvety texture that has a slightly bitter citrus base with a hint of almond and fruit pit. It works amazingly well with a classic Martini, and with any other light spirit based cocktails too.