Since 1865, this delicious aperitif wine has stood apart for its exceptional complexity, delightful flavors and stimulating palate. Serious to its role as aperitif, it was known as ‘ouvre l’appétit’ – the key to the appetite. Found popular with sportsmen, Bonal became an early sponsor of the Tour de France. It is made by an infusion of gentian, cinchona (quinine) and renown herbs of the Grand Chartreuse mountains in a Mistelle base. Traditionally enjoyed neat or with a twist; also may enhance classic drinks in place of sweet red vermouth.
Bonal Gentiane Quina has a reddish brown color and an upfront smell of prunes or raisins. Upon sipping I first noticed flavors of raisins/grapes. The mid-palate contains the bitter elements from the gentian root and cinchona. It finishes sweet with grapes and hints of cherry and licorice. It’s a complex, aromatic and bitter aperitif which has been called “ouvre l’appétit” meaning “whet the appetite.”