Designation (also Carthagène) for one in French Languedoc produced, sweet and strong alcohol Vin de liqueur ( Fortified ). The not yet fermented white or red grape becomes alcohol added and so the fermentation stopped. It usually consists of 80% grape must and 20% brandy, The must must consist of at least 50% Grenache Noir ( Garnacha Tinta ) or Grenache Blanc ( Garnacha Blanca ) come. Of the alcohol content is usually between 16 and 18% vol, the Residual sugar content 150 g / l. Occasionally also different ingredients are used flavoring such as vanilla but no sugar is used. The Cartagène is called as aperitif or digestif drunk in self-consumption. A recognition on AOC under the name "Cartagène du Languedoc" was published in 1989 at the INAO but this was not (yet) granted.
About the name meaning there are several versions. Supposedly, the name comes from the time of the Second Punic War (219-201 BC), as the Carthaginian general Hannibal after his move across the Pyrenees in Languedoc this form of winemaking should have introduced. But Cartagène has nothing to do with another version Carthage but is derived from the type of composition of the drink in four quarters (1/4 alcohol and 3/4 must) and the verb "cartager", which means "to work the vineyard a fourth time" ( However, what the frequent vineyard cultivation should have to do with the mixing ratio, remains unclear). The third version states that "cartager" simply means "quarter".