la quintinye vermouth

Tasting Notes – La Quintinye Vermouth Royal Rouge

Another not-so-secret love in this house is Vermouth, so any chance to taste a new to us vermouth is always appreciated. Our vermouth today is La Quintinye Vermouth Royal Rouge, pronounced ‘Quin-Tea-Knee’.   There are three versions in the range,  Extra Dry, Blanc and Rouge.  All use the aperitif Pineau des Charentes and white wines from the South West of France. There are 28 botanicals in this vermouth,  which produces a complex and characterful vermouth.

la quintinye vermouth

Named after Jean-Baptiste de la Quintinye who was a botanist to King Louis XIV of France and architect of the kitchen gardens at the Palace of Versailles. The botanicals used in the blend are reflective of the kitchen garden of Versaille as well as where La Quintinye grew up, in France’s Charente region, the home of cognac and Pineau des Charentes. 

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A stunning clear deep red.


 Prune, vanilla, chocolate and cherry notes.


A rich and complex vermouth with many layers of flavour including prune, cherry, and wood.


A long finish for me, with a pleasant mouthfeel. 

Where to buy

La Quintinye Vermouth Royal Rouge is available from Master of Malt, Drink Supermarket and  Amazon.




I am Emma and with my husband Mark write Foodie Explorers, which is a food and travel website.

I am a member of the Guild of Food Writers and British Guild of Travel Writers.

We have a wide range of judging experience covering products, hotels and have judged, for example, for Great Taste Awards and Scottish Baker of the Year.

Along the way Mark gained WSET Level 2 in Wine and I have WSET Level 2 in Spirits as well as picking up an award with The Scotsman Food and Drink Awards.    

Usually I can be found sleeping beside a cat.

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