Comoz Blanc Vermouth de Chambéry 750ml
Country of origin: France Alcohol content: 16% ABV
The house of Comoz was established in 1856 by Jean-Pierre Comoz, becoming the second vermouth producer in Chambéry after Dolin (where Jean-Pierre had previously worked). In 1881, under the leadership of his son Claudius, the house changed the production process of their pale vermouth and introduced a new, colour-filtered type: blanc. Comoz blanc vermouth boomed in populartiy during the early 20th century, so much so that imitation began to present a problem and eventually led to the protection of Vermouth de Chambéry with AOC status. Their fame stretched worldwide, with the classic Cuban cocktail 'El Presidente' calling for its use.
The success of Chambéry vermouth slowly waned with a shift toward more austere styles after WWII, and eventually Comoz stopped production in the 1970s as aromatised wine fell out of favour. Their hometown rival, Dolin, bought the company and together with Haus Alpenz has revived this historically important vermouth.
Semi-sweet and a restrained bitterness, wormwood shines through with an alpine character pairing nicely with notes of cherry.
Enjoy on the rocks, or in an El Presidente, Gin Blossom, or Matador. Use whenever a blanc vermouth is called for, or in place of a bianco vermouth.
Dolin’s history began in 1821 with Joseph Chavasse, a liqueur producer who created a new pale style of vermouth inspired by the aperitifs of Turin. Chavasse infused a base wine of Jacquère with herbs and spices sourced both locally in Savoy and abroad. In 1830 he settled in Chambéry where his daughter, Marie Rosalie, was born. When Marie Rosalie married in 1843, Joseph passed his recipe to her husband, Louis Ferdinand Dolin, who began producing vermouth under the Dolin label.
After Louis Ferdinand passed away in 1869, Marie Rosalie took over the business and presented Dolin Vermouth at the Philadelphia Centennial Exhibition in 1876 where it won gold, the first of many awards. In 1919 Charles and Joseph Sevez bought the company as there were no Dolin heirs to inherit the family business.
The early 20th century also saw Vermouth de Chambéry granted appellation d'origine contrôlée (AOC) status, making it the only French vermouth with an official geographical indication. Dolin is still family owned today and upholds the legacy of Vermouth de Chambéry.