Andrew Guard

2015 Patrimonio Blanc 'Carco', Antoine Arena

From a parcel heavy in limestone planted in 1987, this is nervy in the mouth but bouyant and expansive. This ha a tonic-like herbal/mineral pungency and lovely, fresh, mouthwatering salinity, as if it came straight from the sea. Bright with gentle grapefruit nuances and a beautiful floral perfume, displaying more citric, herbal, and mineral notes on the long, refreshing finish. Superb

Antoine Arena is one of the most respected vignerons in France. Since the 1970's he, with his wife Marie, and now joined by his two sons, Antoine-Marie and Jean-Baptiste, has tirelessly worked to establish a reputation for excellence and  independence showing the world what his land in Patrimonio is capable of. His is a story of hard work and success.

From 3 hectares in the beginning they have all worked with a determined approach to identifying the finest terroir and have been able to increase the size of the vineyards today to 14 hectares.

As of the 2014 vintage, the Arenas have divided their holdings evenly between Antoine, Antoine-Marie, and Jean-Baptiste. The decision came naturally: in a typically Corsican spirit of self-reliance, Antoine’s sons will carry on the family tradition through their very own domaines, enjoying the autonomy to work the way they desire while maintaining close family bonds and a free exchange of ideas.