French wines and spirits group Boisset has bought the apéritif drink St Raphaël for an undisclosed sum from Bacardi.
 
The origins of St Raphaël date back to 1830 and the apéritif is made from a blend of fine wines and aromatic plants such as quinine, cocoa, bitter oranges, vanilla and calumba.
 
Production volume totals 150,000 9-litre cases of which half is sold in France. The main export markets are Canada and Belgium.

St Raphaël marks Boisset's entry into the wine-based aperitifs segment.  The Burgundy-based firm's existing portfolio ofapéritifs includes pastis Duval and Casanis and soft wines and fruit liqueurs.
 
Boisset has reported a 2005 turnover of EUR260m (US$332.5m).