In 1876, Clemente Chazalettes founded Cte. Chazalettes & Co. - Premiata Fabbrica di Vermouth e Liquori in the heart of Turin. His unique formulas for vermouths, liqueurs, bitters and spirits soon won the company acclaim and awards throughout the world, yet the biggest accolade was to come from those in his own city: the women of the Turin-based House of Savoy, Queen Margherita and Princess Laetitia Napoleon, were so fond of the Chazalettes vermouth that they allowed the company to bear their royal coat of arms.
Today, a new generation of enthusiasts has prevailed upon Giovanni Chazalettes, great-grandson of Clemente, to resume production and bring these timeless recipes back to the world. Now we can once again enjoy the original flavours of Vermouth Rosso della Regina, Vermouth Bianco della Regina, and Vermouth Extra Dry. Chazalettes is now one of the founders and partners of the Istituto del Vermouth di Torino, a prestigious association made up of 16 vermouth producers, whose purpose is to protect the quality of the Indicazione Geografica Vermouth di Torino.
An authentic and original Extra Dry Vermouth di Torino produced according to the recipe of the Chazalettes family, who moved from Savoy to Turin in 1860 and began producing vermouths and spirits in 1876. Citrus-peel freshness is beautifully balanced by the roundness of Piedmontese alpine herbs, accompanied by hints of juniper and other spices.
Nose: Candied sweetness rolls out of the glass, pulling a string of fruit and herbs behind it: apples, pears, muscat grapes and tarragon. The sweetness is syrupy but tempered by grape notes and floral touches: meadow grass and flowers.
Palate: Much drier than the nose suggests, with the sweetness pushed to one side and well-balanced orchard fruit leaping to the fore. Soft herbs float around a core of apple, with dry white wine and a hint of tartness providing a contrast.
Finish: Long and dry, with apple skin and bittersweet flesh fading to reveal grapes and leafy green herbs.
A well-balanced vermouth which has enough intensity to make itself known in cocktails but is refreshing enough to work well on a warm day with a slice of lemon. Maybe a slice of apple?