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The “Genius of Neive”, Bruno Giacosa’s single-vineyard Barolos and Barbarescos are the expression of a passion for perfection - taking the best from traditional and cutting edge methods. Now led by Bruno’s daughter Bruna, the Bruno Giacosa winery also produces highly regarded Dolcetto, Barbera, white Roero Arneis and méthode champenoise spumantes. But Bruno Giacosa is almost as well known for the wines it won’t release because of father and daughter’s obsessive antipathy towards mediocrity…


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2008 Barbaresco Asili

Bruno Giacosa

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The 2008 Asili is a very expressive, deeply flavoured wine with aromas redolent of cherries, plums, prunes and dried fruits. On the palate it has soft, rich red berry flavours with hints of spices, minerals and dried herbs. Firm tannins are balanced by ripe, warm fruit characters. A very satisfying, attractive wine, it will benefit from a few more years...

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2014 Barbaresco

Bruno Giacosa

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2014 Barbaresco, Bruno Giacosa

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2008 Barbaresco Santo Stefano

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Made from Nebbiolo grapes grown on one of the most historic vineyards in Neive, the 2008 is elegant and complex with sweet plum and cassis aromas, intermingled with prunes, dried fruits and herbs. On the palate, ripe, soft fruit is balanced by fine tannins and delicate mineral notes. This is a beguiling and wonderfully expressive wine which opens up in...

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2012 Barbaresco Asili

Bruno Giacosa

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This is a very elegant and delicately structured wine with an expansive bouquet of redcurrants and wild berries intermingled with aromatic notes of rose petals and delicate sweet citrus fruits. The palate reveals lovely depth of pure red fruit with darker layers coming to the fore as the wine builds in breadth and complexity. Silky textures and an energetic freshness...

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2008 Barolo Falletto Di Serralunga

Bruno Giacosa

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2015 Barbaresco Asili

Bruno Giacosa

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Case of 6 £750.48

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A beautifully refined wine with intense flavours, the bouquet opens with delicate notes of black cherries and wild flowers. Supple cherry and dark berry fruit characters on the palate mingle with fragrant notes of crushed rose petals and delicate raspberry and cassis flavours. Seamless tannins and an elegant freshness leads to an incredibly long finish. Drink from 2019. Armit Wines

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2015 Barbaresco Asili

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Magnum 150cl £261.36

Case of 3 £784.08

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Single bottle£125.08

Case of 6 £750.48

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A beautifully refined wine with intense flavours, the bouquet opens with delicate notes of black cherries and wild flowers. Supple cherry and dark berry fruit characters on the palate mingle with fragrant notes of crushed rose petals and delicate raspberry and cassis flavours. Seamless tannins and an elegant freshness leads to an incredibly long finish. Drink from 2019. Armit Wines

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2015 Barbaresco Asili, Bruno Giacosa

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2003 Barolo Falletto

Bruno Giacosa

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Case 6 x 75cl £796.08

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The nose offers a lovely scent of cherries and red fruits but there is no mistaking that this is a big wine with substantial tannic structure. In the hands of many others growers the conditions of 2003 proved too trying but Bruno has magically retained his hallmark elegance alongside the natural power of the vintage. Really well done.

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2008 Barolo Falletto Di Serralunga

Bruno Giacosa

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The 2008 Falletto is an incredibly attractive and refined Barolo with a bouquet of red berry fruits and perfumed, almost sensuous floral characters and hints of white truffles. There is excellent balance, depth and definition on the palate supported by firm but very elegant tannins. Savoury red cherry and cassis notes and a refined mineral character on the finish give...

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2015 Barolo Falletto

Bruno Giacosa

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2004 Barolo Vigna Croera di Morra

Bruno Giacosa

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A primary, simple red and black fruit nose which seems the most immediately inviting and appealing of the line-up.Underneath lurks white chocolate and mocha notes and the darker damsons, cherries and plums. A tangy, refreshinglift on the palate and a generous, open fleshiness suggest a wine that will give pleasure in its youth. Drink from 2010.

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2007 Barolo Falletto Di Serralunga

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BRUNO GIACOSA WINES

Known as the Genius of Neive, Bruno Giacosa’s mastery of the Nebbiolo grape is recognised in Piedmont and the wider world of wine alike - although the organisation produces more than just Barolo and Barbaresco. Bruno Giacosa sadly passed away in January 2018. But having suffered a stroke in 2006, it is his daughter Bruna, who has been driving this great wine estate forward in recent years, supported by her sister Marina. And, having worked at Neive for 16 years until 2008, oenologist Dante Scaglione returned in 2011 as a consultant.

The family name was first established in the Langhe in 1871 by Bruno Giacosa’s grandfather Carlo Giacosa - as a commerciante di vini, building a network of excellent local growers and vinifying their grapes at the winery in Neive, near Alba. After World War II, the 15-year-old Bruno joined his father Mario in the family business.

By the time the winery was under the control of the third generation, Giacosa was established as one of the three most important labels in Barbaresco. However, at the same time as he was learning his trade, Bruno was also honing his philosophy of winemaking, based on a passionate pursuit of perfection and the belief that wine should be an expression of location and terroir.

In 1964, the early fulfilment of that credo came with the first single-vineyard bottling of a Bruno Giacosa Barbaresco, Santo Stefano. He followed that with “cru” bottlings of Bruno Giacosa Barolo, Dolcetto and Arneis and the practice continues to this day.

Later, Giacosa began acquiring vineyards himself. The first was Falletto di Serralunga in Barolo in the 1980s; then in the 1990s came parcels in the Asili and Rabajà vineyards in Barbaresco, from where he had vinified some of his favourite wines, and a further Barolo vineyard, La Morra. Since Bruna Giacosa has taken closer control, she has taken the single-vineyard concept further.

The only wines bottled that way now come from vineyards owned by the Bruno Giacosa winery - under the label Azienda Agricola Falletto di Bruno Giacosa, with an image of the hilltop Falletto house to differentiate them from wines made from grapes sourced from managed vineyards (Casa Vinicola Bruno Giacosa, with an image of the old castle of Neive).

Bruno Giacosa’s vinification technique has been termed “updated traditional”: Nebbiolo grapes, for example, are picked earlier, at optimum ripeness determined by a combination of scientific analysis and hands-on experience. The grapes are macerated for closer to 30 days than the time-honoured 50. This timing still taps into the power and depth of Nebbiolo but produces wines with more finesse. In maturation, Giacosa has not been tempted towards the fashionable use of small, 225l French barriques, instead staying with huge 5,000l Slovenian and French oak botte, many of them 25 years old. This delicate oaking means the maturation only magnifies the complexity and freshness of the wine.

The prestigious Bruno Giacosa Barbaresco Asili and Rabajà are neighbours but have different soils and clearly definable characteristics: the former has unmatched elegance and delicacy, while the latter is full-bodied and rich.

The Falletto vineyard is an icon of the Langhe - a natural amphitheatre with a protected, low-yield terroir with its own ideal microclimate. The Bruno Giacosa Winery’s vines are in two areas - Falletto di Serralunga, producing a Barolo with a sensuous floral bouquet, and excellent definition, with red fruits supported elegant tannins; and, above that, Le Rocche del Falletto, which provides strawberry and rose on the nose, before velvety dark cherry and chocolate with a mineral, herbal edge.

La Morra, also in Barolo - and particularly the Vigna Croera vineyard - produces a wine with mint and other herbs in the bouquet and a dry, balanced flavour with great texture. Giacosa also grows Dolcetto at La Morra, one of several grapes vinified at the Neive winery - as well as Nebbiolo and Dolcetto, there is also Barbera, the white Arneis and Pinot Noir.

In its Roera Arneis, the Giacosa team has managed to tame the “little rascal” of Alba, using the notoriously difficult grape to produce a straw-gold, fragrant wine with generous white fruits. Pinot Noir finds its way into Giacosa Spumante and Spumante Rosé. Unlike Spumante from nearby Asti, this is produced using méthode champenoise, with secondary fermentation, so a significant area in the cellars at Neive is taken up with riddling racks. Just another example of both Bruno and Bruna’s determination to produce the best quality possible.

When the Giacosa family are satisfied that a vintage of a particular wine has reached as close to the peak of perfection as possible, there is another clear indication on the label - not only the word “Riserva” but a bold red background. However, it is no more likely that a vintage will receive this accolade than that it will be rejected altogether.

In 2009, while the rest of the Langhe was declaring 2006 an excellent vintage, Bruno Giacosa judged it to have been an unbalanced growing season and sold off his entire stock, sparking controversy and desperate detective work by connoisseurs to work out who had bottled it, so they could buy “Giacosa wine” for a song. Bruna took the same decision over the 2010 vintage. Armit Wines has worked with these perfectionists for over 25 years, exclusively importing their wines to the UK - but only when they release it!

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