L.N. Mattei Cap Corse Rouge Aperitif 750ml

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– Best-known aperitif wine of the French Island of Corsica
– Tremendous depth with a wonderfully dry finish
– Made from local and exotic spices, walnuts and quinine bark
– Producer Louis-Napoléon Mattei began in 1872
– Serve on ice neat or with soda/tonic and citrus peel
– Complements rye whiskey cocktails

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he beneficial properties of the cinchona tree were originally discovered by the Quechua, a people indigenous to Peru and Bolivia, who found it an effective muscle relaxant to calm shivering due to low temperatures. The Quechua would mix the ground bark of cinchona trees with sweetened water to offset the bark’s bitter taste, thus producing tonic water. Jesuit missionaries in the early 1600’s brought this back to Rome, where quinine in unextracted form came into use to treat malaria, which was was endemic to the swamps and marshes surrounding the city of Rome and responsible for the deaths of several popes, many cardinals and countless common Roman citizens. Quinine was isolated and named in 1820 by French researchers, the name being derived from the original Quechua (Inca) word for the cinchona tree bark, quina or quina-quina, which means “bark of bark” or “holy bark”. Large-scale use of quinine as a malaria preventative started around 1850, consumed in tonics or aperitif wines such as these. With other spices and wines selected to balance, many of these quinine aperitif wines became famous and sought out first as delicious and refreshing aperitif drinks.

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Weight 3 lbs


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  • Store Name: Parlour Wine and Spirits
  • Seller: Parlour Wines
  • Address: 128 Nassau Ave
    Brooklyn, NY 11222
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