The history of St Raphael dates back to 1830. French Doctor Juppet was working to develop a quinine-based aperitif. After working endlessly late into the night, his sight began to fall. He then remembered the Biblical epitaph where the archangel Raphael cured Tobias of his blindness.
Anxious to regain his sight, he pursued his efforts and placed his new elixir under the holy invocation of the archangel. He thereby recovered his sight and managed to finish the recipe of St Raphael.
St Raphael Dore Aperitif is a tasty aperitif with amber color based on wine. Fruity, soft-bodied with elegant spicy notes. It is the result of a blend of fine wines and carefully selected aromatic plants which conjure up exotic faraway places: quinine, cocoa, bitter oranges, vanilla, calumba. The basic component of St Raphael goes by the mysterious name of “mistelle”. Mistelle is obtained by stopping the fermentation of the grape juice by adding alcohol to keep the natural sugar of the original grapes.
Best enjoyed in cocktails or well chilled.