Region: Savoie, France
Category: Fortified Wine, Vermouth
Established in 1856, Comoz was the second-oldest of Chambéry vermouth producers after Dolin, and was the first to produce in a crystal-clear style. (Dolin preceded with a sweet pale, rather than crystal clear, blanc vermouth.) Introduced in 1881, Comoz Vermouth Blanc expressed Claudius Comoz’s selection of wines, plants and fruits, many of which come from the hills above Chambéry. Comoz came to fame as the essential vermouth in the El Presidente cocktail in Cuba. Comoz is less sweet than other vermouth blanc, with notes of stone fruits, alpine flowers and a deep, resonant undercurrent of wormwood. This deeper profile marries with whiskey better than any other pale vermouth.
Claudius Comoz was legendary in his tireless promotion of this new category. He commissioned famous poster artwork, one example of which is featured on the label. Production continued for four generations of the Comoz family. Today, Haus Alpenz and Dolin revive this delicious and historically important vermouth. Comoz is acclaimed as the inventor of the “blanc” style of vermouth. (Dolin preceded with a sweet pale, rather than crystal clear, blanc vermouth.) It is semi-sweet.