Made with a base of Corsican white wine (Vermentino and other varietals), this sunny-hued aperitivo mixes fuity and floral notes for an ideal warm-weather sipper. Crisp apple and white blossoms entice the nose, while the palate offers breezy hints of melon and honeysuckle sweetness, finishing slightly drying with mild grapefruit pith bitterness. 94 Points Wine Enthusiast, Top 100 Spirits 2019
The profile of the Cap Corse Mattei BLANC aperitif wine is defined by its distinctly Corsican components. Its all-mistelle base is of Vermentinu and Muscat Petit Grains, lending a terrific minerality, acidity and floral tones. The local Cedrat (aka citron) adds unique citrus aroma and a silky texture. Since its creation in 1872 by Louis-Napoléon Mattei, Cap Corse Mattei is the oldest and best known aperitif of Corsica. Still today family owned, and all macerations, aging and bottling are done in house.
As a quinquina, Cap Corse Mattei BLANC is flavored with cinchona bark (quinine), which adds spice and depth in the mid and back palate.
The 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. Importer Notes
Prepare a double rocks glass with a salted rim and filled with ice.
Shake with ice:
3 oz Mattei Cap Corse Blanc Quinquina
3 oz grapefruit juice
0.5 oz blanco tequila (optional)
Strain into the prepared glass.
—Jared Sadoian, The Hawthorne, Boston, MA
Cap Corse Mattei Quinquina Blanc
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