Amathus brings classic Corsican aperitif to UK bars

Cap Mattei Grande Reserve Quinquina

A classic Corsican aperitif is extending its appeal internationally, partnering Amathus Drinks to make it available in the UK.

LN Mattei hopes its Cap Mattei Grande Réserve, which dates back 145 years, will be taken up for serving in cocktails as well as more traditionally neat or over ice. Similar to vermouth, the two expressions in the UK are Rouge and Blanc, both at 17% ABV in 75cl bottles.

Invented by Louis Napoleon Mattei in northern Corsica, it stays true to its quinine-based original recipe. Aromatised with macerations of more than 30 different botanicals including the local cédrat (citron), the aperitif is based on Corsican “mistelle”, a fresh grape must composition of Muscat and Vermentinu collected exclusively in Corsica.

Stefanu Venturini, CEO of LN Mattei, said: “Growing up on the island, Cap Mattei has always been part of our lives. We are proud to pursue Louis Napoleon Mattei’s legacy in reviving his creation outside of Corsica.

“We are very excited to be working closely with our partners Amathus to present this truly unique quinquina wine to the British cocktail scene.”

Drinks consultant and former bartender Xavier Padovani, originally from Corsica and founder of drink agency Orfeus, said: “Traditionally served neat on ice or long with tonic water, whether it be at the start of a meal, at the end of the day or at a restaurant, Cap Mattei is the quintessential Corsican drink.

“With a low alcohol content and unique taste profile, LN Mattei wants to bring a slice of Corsican life to the cocktail bars and restaurants we love in the UK and for it to become a staple in every home bar, just as it always has been for everyone here in Corsica.”

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