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.
A red-wine based Vermouth di Torino produced according to the authentic recipe of Clemente Chazalettes, which dates back to 1876. Alongside the distinctive wormwood, you may find notes of Piedmontese herbs, marjoram and musk mallow as well as exotic sandalwood and coriander. This Vermouth is named after Queen Margherita who, in 1907, granted to Chazalettes the royal patent and the use of the House of Savoy coat of arms. Della Regina translates from Italian as: ‘of the Queen’.
Nose: Sticky sweetness leads, with glacé and maraschino cherries, and plums jumping from the glass. But there is a dark bitterness close behind, with woody wormwood bitterness joined by green leaves. Between the two sits a pool of bittersweet spice.
Palate: Rich and rounded, with the sweetness from the nose rolling immediately across the palate. It stops halfway, beaten back by leafy bitterness and then covered with rich and fruity notes: sweet red grapes and bitter skins; strawberry compote and a pinch of pepper.
Finish: A rich ball of sweetness slowly crumbles, revealing a dark core of bittersweet liquorice pastilles, dark oak and bitter leaves.
A rich and complex rosso, with the bitterness balanced by sweet notes, but with the focus on the core of fruit and spice. Please be aware, this Vermouth can easily be swamped by Campari for use in drinks such as Negroni’s but is fantastic on ice or neat with a twist of orange peel.