Cartagène is a Mistelle or a liqueur wine typical to the Cévènnes region.
The assemblage of the eau-de- vie of the wine is done with the must of the grape to prevent alcoholic fermentation. This way, Cartagène preserves its sweetness and fruitiness.
It is composed of 75% must of old vine Syrah and 25% old wine eau-de-vie, 2 years old at least.
Like for a white wine, the must is clarified by racking before mixing.
Ageing it for 6 months in an old oak cask allows the development of a subtle and complex bouquet.
There is no added sulphur, fining or filtration at the time of bottling.
Reminiscent of cherry jam, quince pastry, dry fruits and wild rose.
Dense and suave, it has notes of dried mango, persimmon and fresh fig.
A slightly acid finish that brings balance.
Serve chilled as an aperitif, with chocolate and chestnut desserts. In the Cévennes, it is had with chestnuts by the fireplace.
The daring will even pair it with a soft parsley cheese.
The bottle once opened keeps for 3 months in the refrigerator.
LES MEILLEURS VINS DE FRANCE 2016 par la Revue du Vin de France
Avec ses notes de figues et de cerises à l’eau de vie, la Cartagène est un joli vin friand doté d’une belle complexité olfactive.