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Mattei Cap Corse Rouge

  • 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 cocktails with rye whiskey, apple brandy or brandy

Among the most famous of French Quinquina, enjoyed for generations by visitors and residents of the Island of Corsica. It is composed of a variety of local and exotic spices, walnuts and cinchona bark on a base of Corsican Muscat and Vermentinu mistelles. The result is an aperitif of tremendous depth with a wonderfully dry finish. Traditionally served neat or on ice with tonic or soda. It mixes well with rye whiskey, apple brandy or brandy. 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.

Mattei is still today family owned, and all macerations, aging and bottling are done in house. Cap Corse Rouge is traditionally served neat or on ice with tonic or soda, garnished with citrus peel. It mixes well with rye whiskey, especially so in a Boulevardier.

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About L. N. Mattei & Cie.

In 1872, a merchant named Louis-Napoléon Mattei named his aperitif wine after his native Cap Corse, a peninsula of Corsica that juts northward into the Mediterranean. A territory of France, Corsica has over the centuries been influenced by both France and Italy, as well as northern Africa. Mattei discovered the beneficial properties of cinchona tree bark during a voyage to the Caribbean, and he brought it to Cap Corse to blend with local wine made from Muscat and Vermentinu grapes. He added spices that made their way through Cap Corse’s bustling port, as well as Cedrat (citron), a thick-peeled ancestor of lemon. Cap Corse Mattei Quinquina was soon exported across the globe. Full details

About Quinquina/Chinato

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 1600s brought this back to Rome, where quinine in unextracted form came into use to treat malaria, which 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. Full details

RECIPES See all 20 recipes for this product 20 recipes available at


Stir with ice:

1 oz Mattei Cap Corse Rouge Quinquina

1 oz Aperitivo Cappelletti

1 oz rye whiskey

Strain into double rocks glass filled with ice.

Garnish with an orange peel.

The Hammer

Stir with ice:

1.5 oz Mattei Rouge

1.25 oz bourbon

0.25 oz KRONAN Swedish Punsch

2 dashes orange bitters

Strain into a coupe.

Garnish with an orange twist.

Mattei Rouge Spritz

Build in a double rocks glass with ice:

2 oz Mattei Cap Corse Rouge Quinquina

2 oz club soda or tonic water

Garnish with grapefruit peel

North Coasts Highball

Build in a highball glass filled with ice:

1.5 oz Calvados

1.5 oz Mattei Rouge

Top with 4 oz club soda.

Garnish with a lemon peel.


Build in a highball glass with ice:

1.5 oz Japanese whisky

1.5 oz Mattei Cap Corse Rouge Quinquina

5 oz club soda

Garnish with lemon peel

SKU Vintage Region Origin Desc Cepage % Alc Size/Pack Finish BTL Barcode Cs Barcode Cs Wgt
HZ 9566NVCorseFRQuinquina/ChinatoVermentinu, Muscat17.0%750/12screwcap32681400001450326814800014716.60 kg