Anyone driving through France will have seen these old painted adverts for Byrrh, they were as common as the ones for Dubonnet, and St Raphael.
Not many of these lovely old painted signs still exist, and I have always wondered what exactly it was. I knew it was an apéritif, but of what ilk I had no idea. So, yesterday I bought a bottle.
Byrrh is a 'vermouth' made from red wine, aromatics, and essentially; Quinine. Now owned by the Pernod-Ricard group it is known as a 'tonic wine'; also as a good hangover cure (presumably as long as the hangover was not due to over indulgence of Byrrh).
Like most people we have an interesting array of apéritif wines in our collection. Some are rarely sampled, but this one I think will go quite quickly.
A bit sweet for my own personal taste, but delicious even so. A perfect combination of aged wine, spices, and the oakiness of old barrels. The perfect cold Summer apéritif.