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QUINQUINA

Quinquina is a key ingredient in the St Raphaël recipe. It adds a light touch of bitterness that perfectly balances the roundness of the wine.

Quinquina, whose incredible tonic and therapeutic virtues were revealed to the conquerors of the West Indies by the Incas, was not brought from Peru to Spain until 1638.

It takes its name from the Native Indian word, Kina-Kina, meaning the “bark of barks”. It was during the reign of the Sun King, Louis XIV, and thanks to the Jesuits that Quinquina became a popular drink.

PRODUCTION

St Raphaël is the fruit of a subtle marriage of noble wines and aromatic plants with exotic names, such as quinquina, cocoa, bitter orange, vanilla and Colombo. The base ingredient for St Raphaël is known as “mistelle”. It is obtained by fortifying grape juice with alcohol in order to interrupt fermentation and maintain the natural sugar found in the grapes. Quinquina and bitter orange peels, vanilla and cocoa are then added and macerated slowly in the spirit until the aromas have been fully absorbed.

During blending, the cellar master François Lairis uses his skill and talent to ensure St Raphaël is perfectly balanced, before proceeding to the final steps of refrigeration, filtration and bottling.


ST RAPHAËL IS THE FRUIT OF A SUBTLE MARRIAGE OF NOBLE WINES AND CAREFULLY SELECTED AROMATIC PLANTS


THE CLASSICS

RED

St Raphaël Classic Red has a warm, fruity and racy taste. The red wine adds body and gives it its beautiful ruby colour. Quinquina and bitter orange peels add to its flavour and character without overpowering the soft palate. Serve neat, chilled or on the rocks, or in a cocktail.

AMBER

St Raphaël Classic Amber has a unique soft and refreshing character. Its fragrant aroma comes from subtle flavouring with base white wines. These are perfectly balanced by quinquina and bitter orange peels, vanilla and cocoa. Serve neat, chilled or on the rocks, or in a cocktail.

THE QUINAS

In 2018, St Raphaël continues to innovate, adding two new products to its range, both inspired by original recipes. This new collection of Quinas, featuring a Red and an Amber version, take us back to the 1950s, paying tribute to St Raphaël’s typical sweet richness.

RED

The intense and distinguished Quina Red is a subtle combination of plants and spices, dominated by cocoa. On the palate, huge vinosity gives the attack a sensation of power perfectly balanced by sweetness and the well-structured tannins provided by the quinquina bark and Colombo. The aromatic complexity peaks in notes of orange peel, chocolate and vanilla.

St Raphaël - Quina ambré
AMBER

Quina Amber immediately reveals fragrances of cocoa, vanilla and caramel. The same flavours are found on the palate in the very smooth attack. The tannins are subtle, underscored by the flavours of the orange peel. A long finish leaves a velvety feel on the palate.

QUINQUINA

Quinquina is a key ingredient in the St Raphaël recipe. It adds a light touch of bitterness that perfectly balances the roundness of the wine.

Quinquina, whose incredible tonic and therapeutic virtues were revealed to the conquerors of the West Indies by the Incas, was not brought from Peru to Spain until 1638.

It takes its name from the Native Indian word, Kina-Kina, meaning the “bark of barks”. It was during the reign of the Sun King, Louis XIV, and thanks to the Jesuits that Quinquina became a popular drink.

PRODUCTION

St Raphaël is the fruit of a subtle marriage of noble wines and aromatic plants with exotic names, such as quinquina, cocoa, bitter orange, vanilla and Colombo. The base ingredient for St Raphaël is mysteriously known as “mistelle”. It is obtained by fortifying grape juice with alcohol in order to interrupt fermentation and maintain the natural sugar found in the grapes. Quinquina and bitter orange peels, vanilla and cocoa are then added and macerated slowly in the spirit until the aromas have been fully absorbed.

During blending, the cellar master François Lairis uses his skill and talent to ensure St Raphaël is perfectly balanced, before proceeding to the final steps of refrigeration, filtration and bottling.


ST RAPHAËL IS THE FRUIT OF A SUBTLE MARRIAGE OF NOBLE WINES AND CAREFULLY SELECTED AROMATIC PLANTS

THE CLASSICS

RED

St Raphaël Classic Red has a warm, fruity and racy taste. The red wine adds body and gives it its beautiful ruby colour. Quinquina and bitter orange peels add to its flavour and character without overpowering the soft palate. Serve neat, chilled or on the rocks, or in a cocktail.

AMBER

St Raphaël Classic Amber has a unique soft and refreshing character. Its fragrant aroma comes from subtle flavouring with base white wines. These are perfectly balanced by quinquina and bitter orange peels, vanilla and cocoa. Serve neat, chilled or on the rocks, or in a cocktail.

THE QUINAS

In 2018, St Raphaël continues to innovate, adding two new products to its range, both inspired by original recipes. This new collection of Quinas, featuring a Red and an Amber version, take us back to the 1950s, paying tribute to St Raphaël’s typical sweet richness.

RED

The intense and distinguished Quina Red is a subtle combination of plants and spices, dominated by cocoa. On the palate, huge vinosity gives the attack a sensation of power perfectly balanced by sweetness and the well-structured tannins provided by the quinquina bark and Colombo. The aromatic complexity peaks in notes of orange peel, chocolate and vanilla.

St Raphaël - Quina ambré
AMBER

Quina Amber immediately reveals fragrances of cocoa, vanilla and caramel. The same flavours are found on the palate in the very smooth attack. The tannins are subtle, underscored by the flavours of the orange peel. A long finish leaves a velvety feel on the palate.

QUINQUINA

Quinquina is a key ingredient in the St Raphaël recipe. It adds a light touch of bitterness that perfectly balances the roundness of the wine.

Quinquina, whose incredible tonic and therapeutic virtues were revealed to the conquerors of the West Indies by the Incas, was not brought from Peru to Spain until 1638.

It takes its name from the Native Indian word, Kina-Kina, meaning the “bark of barks”. It was during the reign of the Sun King, Louis XIV, and thanks to the Jesuits that Quinquina became a popular drink.

PRODUCTION

St Raphaël is the fruit of a subtle marriage of noble wines and aromatic plants with exotic names, such as quinquina, cocoa, bitter orange, vanilla and Colombo. The base ingredient for St Raphaël is known as “mistelle”. It is obtained by fortifying grape juice with alcohol in order to interrupt fermentation and maintain the natural sugar found in the grapes. Quinquina and bitter orange peels, vanilla and cocoa are then added and macerated slowly in the spirit until the aromas have been fully absorbed.

During blending, the cellar master François Lairis uses his skill and talent to ensure St Raphaël is perfectly balanced, before proceeding to the final steps of refrigeration, filtration and bottling.


ST RAPHAËL IS THE FRUIT OF A SUBTLE MARRIAGE OF NOBLE WINES AND CAREFULLY SELECTED AROMATIC PLANTS

THE CLASSICS

RED

St Raphaël Classic Red has a warm, fruity and racy taste. The red wine adds body and gives it its beautiful ruby colour. Quinquina and bitter orange peels add to its flavour and character without overpowering the soft palate. Serve neat, chilled or on the rocks, or in a cocktail.

AMBER

St Raphaël Classic Amber has a unique soft and refreshing character. Its fragrant aroma comes from subtle flavouring with base white wines. These are perfectly balanced by quinquina and bitter orange peels, vanilla and cocoa. Serve neat, chilled or on the rocks, or in a cocktail.

THE CLASSICS

RED

St Raphaël Classic Red has a warm, fruity and racy taste. The red wine adds body and gives it its beautiful ruby colour. Quinquina and bitter orange peels add to its flavour and character without overpowering the soft palate. Serve neat, chilled or on the rocks, or in a cocktail.

AMBER

St Raphaël Classic Amber has a unique soft and refreshing character. Its fragrant aroma comes from subtle flavouring with base white wines. These are perfectly balanced by quinquina and bitter orange peels, vanilla and cocoa. Serve neat, chilled or on the rocks, or in a cocktail.

THE QUINAS

In 2018, St Raphaël continues to innovate, adding two new products to its range, both inspired by original recipes. This new collection of Quinas, featuring a Red and an Amber version, take us back to the 1950s, paying tribute to St Raphaël’s typical sweet richness.

RED

The intense and distinguished Quina Red is a subtle combination of plants and spices, dominated by cocoa. On the palate, huge vinosity gives the attack a sensation of power perfectly balanced by sweetness and the well-structured tannins provided by the quinquina bark and Colombo. The aromatic complexity peaks in notes of orange peel, chocolate and vanilla.

St Raphaël - Quina ambré
AMBER

Quina Amber immediately reveals fragrances of cocoa, vanilla and caramel. The same flavours are found on the palate in the very smooth attack. The tannins are subtle, underscored by the flavours of the orange peel. A long finish leaves a velvety feel on the palate.

THE QUINAS

In 2018, St Raphaël continues to innovate, adding two new products to its range, both inspired by original recipes. This new collection of Quinas, featuring a Red and an Amber version, take us back to the 1950s, paying tribute to St Raphaël’s typical sweet richness.

RED

The intense and distinguished Quina Red is a subtle combination of plants and spices, dominated by cocoa. On the palate, huge vinosity gives the attack a sensation of power perfectly balanced by sweetness and the well-structured tannins provided by the quinquina bark and Colombo. The aromatic complexity peaks in notes of orange peel, chocolate and vanilla.

St Raphaël - Quina ambré
AMBER

Quina Amber immediately reveals fragrances of cocoa, vanilla and caramel. The same flavours are found on the palate in the very smooth attack. The tannins are subtle, underscored by the flavours of the orange peel. A long finish leaves a velvety feel on the palate.

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