Andrew Guard

2016 Patrimonio Blanc 'Hauts de Carco', Antone-Marie Arena

Hauts de Carco is the pinnacle of viticultural achievement in the family. Planted high on the slope of Patrimonio’s signature landmark — a sheer limestone outcrop that rises from the island like a big wave; it produces wine of extreme flavor and character. Kermit Lynch has described it as like Corsican Chablis: pure Vermentinu planted in seashell-encrusted limestone. Amazing wine

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.