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Domaine d'Arton Les Hauts d'Arton Blanc

Cost: Average price $11.99

Where buy now: Solo Vino, Byerly's Ridgedale, Zipp's Liquors, Pairings Food & Wine Market

Grapes: 70% Colombard, 20% Sauvignon Blanc, 10% Gros Manseng

Region: Gascony, France

Vintage: 2011

One Arton deserves another [see the Red of the Week Review]. This week’s white is Arton Rosé’s cousin, Les Hauts d’Arton. Don’t get tripped up on the French language. Just channel your inner Steve Martin (“jeh swee, day du du pah”- see his classic “Wild and Crazy Guy” record for more guidance).

This is a dry white wine that tickled my fancy parts right prompt. This light yellow vino has a tinge of green to it’s hue. It is light, clean, crisp with balanced acidity. The tastes are of citrus-think soft lemon and grapefruit. It’s not so citric that your mouth puckers, but rather it has a fresh and floral taste that rounds out beautifully, can be sipped alone or alongside your favorite appetizer. Man, I just love when I open a bottle of wine and sweet aromas come pouring out; I am instantly transported elsewhere. Yet another reason why I so fell in love with this wine.

On a recent day off, I sipped it alongside a baguette stuffed with prosciutto, mozzarella and sweet tomato marmalade. Voulez-vous coucher avec moi ce soir? My moaning and groaning aside, I will state for the record that you must rush out to try this wine. I saved enough to have later alongside a salad where I threw in tuna fish, olives, capers, tomatoes, vidalia onion along with oregano, basil, garlic, balsamic vinegar and olive oil. A gluten-free, meat-free, dairy-free, delicious meal that could please 95% of the population.

This is patio wine at it’s best. Hell, it’s under $9 during Solo Vino’s wine sale right now. As you stock up on white wines for Summer, I see this as a staple. I enjoyed it on my patio, now go and enjoy it on yours!



Last Updated ( Friday, May 25, 2012 12:13am )  

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0 # Anna 2012-09-08 18:38
A delicious dry white. Perfect for a slightly cool, late summer night. Thanks, Savvy Lady!
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0 # Allie 2012-09-09 11:23
Dear Anna ~

Thanks for commenting! I'm so glad you are digging the Arton Blanc. I think it's perfect bang-for-buck white wine. Drink up, sweetheart!

Cheers,
T.S.L.
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+1 # Bill 2014-04-29 16:36
You coming tonight?
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Fine. I don't have any sommelier badges. But I have drunk a lot of wine. A lot.

And though I’ve swirled my share of Chateau Valandraud Saint-Emilion, the bottles I buy are almost always under fifteen bucks. Because I'm not made of money.

So now I invite you to benefit from my tireless field work in the sodden trenches of great wine.

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