La Quintinye Vermouth Royal Rouge
La Quintinye Vermouth Royal // France
La Quintinye Vermouth Royal is a vermouth brand developed by oenologist and distiller Jean-Sebastien Robicquet. It is made using Pineau des Charentes, an aperitif wine made from grape must and cognac eaux-de vie. For the Rouge version, white wine and red Pineau des Charentes is used along with 28 botanicals. No artificial coloring is used. The brand is named after Jean-Baptiste de la Quintinye, the botanist to King Louis XIV who created the Kitchen Gardens at the Palace of Versailles.
VermouthVermouth is a type of aromatized wine. It is fortified and flavored with botanicals typically featuring Artemisia absinthium (wormwood) as the primary bittering agent. In the EU, it must be made from 75% wine and its ABV is 14.5-22%. Vermouth styles range from extra dry to sweet.
"Beginning with a very dark amber color, the vermouth has a caramelized aroma with ginger, mint, orange hard candies, and other green herbs going on. It is moderately full with a bittersweet profile. Again the caramel notes dominate here and tames all that was going on in the nose. The finish is a bit flat and cola like with bitter, earthy notes and ginger prevailing in the end. "