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There is no more significant name in Piedmont than Giacosa, “il Maestro”, Bruno. His reputation as one of the greatest winemakers in the history of Piedmont has been built over 50+ years and he deserves a great deal of credit for catapulting Piedmont into the consciousness of fine wine lovers the world over. 

After forming a fierce reputation for buying up the best grapes in the region from the various growers (“sorry, sold to Bruno!”), he acquired his own holdings in Barbaresco (Asili) and Barolo (Falletto). These are arguably two of the finest sites in Piedmont and have yielded some of the greatest, most mesmerising and unique Barolo and Barbaresco in existence. 

"The world truly needs these wines... There is only one Bruno Giacosa. No one will ever make wines like these. It's as simple as that."
Antonio Galloni


From one generation to another, in the family Giacosa, greatness is permanent:

In 2006, Bruno’s health deteriorated with a sudden stroke that shook the family. Today he continues to consult and taste whenever possible. However, his health demands that daughter Bruna Giacosa, who spent her life in the vineyards and winery, take charge of the estate and continue the prodigious legacy he created. 

Since then, we have had nothing but admiration for the way Bruna has taken on this responsibility. Armed with incredible determination, passion and a palate clearly inherited from her father, she has consistently produced stunning wines worthy of the estate’s storied legacy. 

These are wines that deliver seriousness and delight in equal measure. They are a masterclass in harmony and hedonism. 

“Giacosa is the Henri Jayer of Piemonte. Buy the wines now.”
Tim Atkin

 
 
2014 Barbaresco
£495 per 6 Bottles In Bond

Hailing from the sandy soils of Asili, this harmonious wine is all about fragrance and elegance. Beautiful floral notes of violets and rose petals with fresh, tart red berries begin to seduce. The fruit blossoms on the palate exhibiting lovely notes of raspberry infused liquorice. There is great structure here, with tannins which are delightfully supple, approachable and integrated. Prodigious length on the finish leaves you yearning for more.

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2013 Barbaresco Rabajà
£650 per 6 Bottles In Bond

This wine is everything I love about Bruno Giacosa’s house style. Stunning perfume on the nose. Savoury and full-bodied on the palate. Pure power tempered with elegance and freshness. The south facing slope furnishes the wine with intense concentration characterised by brooding dark strawberries, and fragrant flowers which leap from the glass. The palate displays cassis and exotic spice allied to a sense of structure that suggests layers yet to reveal themselves. The finish is mineral driven and keeps things crisp on the focused, lingering finish. Stunning. 

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2013 Barolo Falleto Vigna Le Rocche
£625 per 6 Bottles In Bond
£645 per 3 Magnums In Bond

Ripe red fruit and a pretty nose of rose petals, almonds and plums manage to shine through a powerful, dense and intense core. The tannins are monumental, yet sweet and lithe. Classic Giacosa sorcery! There is so much finesse and definition here, given an extra few years in bottle it will knit together all these elements beautifully. The quality of fruit is clearly outstanding, which is to be expected from a white label Le Rocche release. This will bring a lot of pleasure for many years to come. 

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2011 Barolo Falleto Vigna Le Rocche Riserva
£1,495 per 6 Bottles In Bond
£1,525 per 3 Magnums In Bond
£1,100 per 1 Double Magnum In Bond

There are few wines that take your breath away like a red label bottling from Rocche del Falletto. This wine delivers luxury and indulgence in abundance and always at the right moment without ever being evasive or over the top. One feels spoilt drinking the wealth of quality on display. A deeply complex fruit profile of strawberries, blueberries and ripe plums are matched with an alluring scent of roses and purple tinged petals. The palate displays a cashmere like texture that melts in the mouth with a savoury core – like a delicately made steak of the highest order. There is perfect structure and immense length. This wine takes you on a journey befitting of the very best superlatives, yet when faced with a glass the thought of tasting notes almost fails and one cannot help but succumb to its inescapable seduction.

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The Estate

A key part to the estate’s continued success was Bruna’s decision to bring back Dante Scaliogini in 2011. Dante was Bruno’s head oenologist over two decades whose meticulous approach to winemaking won the admiration of Bruno Giacosa back in 1990. 

Bruna has abided by the adage of ‘evolution not revolution’. Whilst mindful of the past, she is not afraid to progress. When the opportunity to obtain holdings in Rabaja came up, Bruna did not hesitate. This was a site close to her heart due to the superb wines her father Bruno previously made from the same vineyard. 

The pride of obtaining her first vineyard is clear and the result has been nothing short of remarkable. The first release is the 2013 which has achieved acclaim both within Armit Wines and critics alike.

 

The Vineyards

Falletto’s iconic amphitheatre-like aspect creates a protective, low-yielding micro-climate that results in wines of heady concentration, perfume and depth yet full of freshness and energy that keeps things alive. The Riserva bottlings, made only in the finest years, are the stuff of legends. 

The Barbaresco 2014 predominantly coming from the mythical Asili’s limestone and marl rich soils is just one reason this vineyard is renowned for creating wines of great elegance, silky tannins and exquisite aromatics that can be found in his Barbaresco. 

The estate’s newly acquired plot in Rabajà was formerly a part of the celebrated Asili vineyard. The plot is South facing which allows the wine to achieve power and hidden depths. The Limestone rich soils lend a thrilling freshness as well as a luxurious finesse and elegance. This is a captivating combination that will leave you wanting more.

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