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Product of: France
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Pronounced 'Quin-Tea-Knee', this is thought to be first vermouth to be based on Pineau des Charentes - white Pineau des Charentes for the Extra-Dry and Blanc, and red Pineau des Charentes for La Quintinye Rouge. The blend also uses white wines from the South West of France.
All three La Quintinye vermouths share the same base of 12 botanicals in varying quantities: Artemisia (wormwood), vine flowers, angelica, iris root, cardamom, cinnamon, Citrus Aurantium (bitter orange), nutmeg, ginger, cinchona (quinine bark), liquorice and Quassia Amara (Amargo or Bitter-ash). Additional botanicals are specific to each vermouth, a total of 18 in the Blanc, 27 in the Extra-Dry and 28 in the Rouge. Unusually, La Quintinye vermouths don't contain added caramel.
Named after Jean-Baptiste de la Quintinye, botanist to King Louis XIV of France and architect of the renowned kitchen gardens at the Palace of Versailles. Born 1623, La Quintinye grow up in France's Charente region, the home of cognac and Pineau des Charentes, which along with the botanicals and garden is the link to this vermouth. Appropriately, the neck label of each bottle of La Quintinye bears the portrait of Jean-Baptiste de La Quintinye proudly standing in front of his gardens.
A Fleur de Lys, the symbol of French Royalty, also adorns each bottle and the label is illustrated with botanical drawings in a 16th century style, representing wormwood (essential for vermouth), vine flower (the signature of EWG Spirits and Wines), iris root and angelica, indigenous to Charente.
The result of four years of experimentation by Jean-Sébastien Robicquet of EWG Spirits and Wines, La Quintinye Vermouth was launched in London's lavish 19th-century Café Royal Grill Room on Monday 27th January.
Review and Tasting
Sampled on 03/02/2014
Clear, mid golden amber.
Pungent lemon zest and sage with liquorice, cardamom, rosemary, anise and basil.
Dry and herbal, particularly rosemary and eucalypts with barky wormwood bitterness and tart citrus.
Lemon zesty and herbal with light white pepper spice. The pronounced herbal nature of this vermouth makes it an ideal aperitivo, perhaps to be enjoyed in place of a fino sherry. However, it will be too dry and herbal for many.
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Bottle Size: 700 ml
Closure: Synthetic stopper