Bruno Giacosa

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Bruno Giacosa: The Importance

Long recognised as one of the best producers of Barolo and Barbaresco, Bruno Giacosa’s wines represent a benchmark in quality, and, as Parker writes, “…his majestic Barolos and Barbarescos build a cultish legion of admirers that is equalled by just a small handful of producers around the world.

 

Bruno Giacosa: The Insight

The philosophy of the winemaking at this estate combines huge respect for tradition, whilst making use of modern technology in order to obtain the best expression of each terroir, with the aim being to create wines which are extremely rich in flavour and elegant in style.

 

Wines from Bruno Giacosa are bottled under two separate labels. Those marked with ‘Azienda Agricola Falletto di Bruno Giacosa’ are wines made from the product of the estate’s vineyards. Under this label, the estate produces two Barbaresco’s, three Barolo’s, a Barbera d’Alba and a Dolcetto d’Alba. Wines are also bottled under the label ‘Casa Vinicola Bruno Giacosa’ and these are wines made from the old practice of purchasing in grapes, from highly trusted sources. Bruno Giacosa has in fact built a reputation for himself as an excellent selector of fruit. Under this label there is a Roero Arneis, an Extra-Brut Spumante, a Barbaresco, two Nebbiolo d’Alba’s, one Barbera d’Alba and two Dolcetto d’Alba’s.

 

The winemaking at this estate is highly complex, as a large range of wines are produced and Bruno insists that the fruit from each individual vineyard must be vinified separately so that they can perfectly express their terroir. Most of the wines produced from this estate’s vines are single vineyard, and in the best years, some of the wines are bottled under a red ‘Riserva’ label.

 

Of the 100 point 2004 Barolo Riserva Le Rocche del Falletto, Antonio Galloni writes that it is “simply as profound as wine can be. Period. Strikingly layered, perfumed and sensual to the core, the 2004 has it all… Mint, rose petal and melted road tar grace the exquisite finish. The level of intensity here is simply mind-blowing.” Meanwhile James Suckling writes in his 100 point review that the wine is “spellbinding” and “extraordinary”.

 

Robert Parker is also a huge fan of the wine produced by this estate, and describes that 1990 Barolo Riserva Falletto as “a reference point wine that readers won’t want to miss”. Although wine critics might sometimes disagree their assessments of various wines, one thing they certainly all agree on is the outstanding quality of the wine produced by Bruno Giacosa.

 

The biggest concern at this estate is quality, often to the sacrifice of profit. In 1991, 1992, 1994, 2002 and 2006, Giacosa chose to declassify all single vineyard Barolo’s and Barbaresco’s, putting those grapes in the non single vineyard wine, as he did not believe that the grapes were of sufficient quality to make the single vineyard wines.

 

Some of the best vintages at this estate have been 1996, 2000, 2001, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2008 and 2011.

 

Bruno Giacosa: The Background

Bruno Giacosa began working in his family business at the age of 15, and is the third generation of his family to make wine in the region of Langhe. Although initially all the grapes used to make the wine were purchased from certain select vineyards and specially selected growers, by the late 1980’s Giacosa started acquiring vineyards in the communes of Serralunga d'Alba, La Morra, and Barbaresco. This estate now owns 22 hectares of vineyards in these regions. The Falletto vineyard in particular is renowned for its microclimate, encouraged by its amphitheatre like shape, and low yielding vines, and this is the vineyard from which the famous Barolo Falletto is made.

 

The estate is now run with increasing involvement and leadership from Bruno’s daughter Bruna.

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2017 Roero Arneis Giacosa; Bruno Northern Italy

2017 Roero Arneis Northern Italy

£170.00
£170.00
£17.00

2017 Dolcetto d'Alba Giacosa; Bruno Northern Italy

2017 Dolcetto d'Alba Northern Italy

£145.00
£145.00
£74.00
£15.00

2017 Dolcetto d'Alba Falletto Giacosa; Bruno Northern Italy

2017 Dolcetto d'Alba Falletto Northern Italy

£173.00
£173.00

2016 Roero Arneis Giacosa; Bruno Northern Italy

92.0

2016 Roero Arneis Northern Italy

92.0
£172.00
£18.00

2016 Dolcetto d'Alba Giacosa; Bruno Northern Italy

2016 Dolcetto d'Alba Northern Italy

£147.00
£75.00
£15.00

2016 Barbera d'Alba Giacosa; Bruno Northern Italy

2016 Barbera d'Alba Northern Italy

£217.00
£217.00
£110.00

2016 Nebbiolo d'Alba Valmaggiore Giacosa; Bruno Northern Italy

2016 Nebbiolo d'Alba Valmaggiore Northern Italy

£307.00
£307.00
£155.00
£29.00

2016 Barbera d'Alba Falletto Giacosa; Bruno Northern Italy

2016 Barbera d'Alba Falletto Northern Italy

£305.00
£305.00

2015 Roero Arneis Giacosa; Bruno Northern Italy

2015 Roero Arneis Northern Italy

£173.00
£173.00
£18.00

2015 Nebbiolo d'Alba Valmaggiore Giacosa; Bruno Northern Italy

2015 Nebbiolo d'Alba Valmaggiore Northern Italy

£300.00
£152.00
£28.00

2015 Barbera d'Alba Falletto Giacosa; Bruno Northern Italy

2015 Barbera d'Alba Falletto Northern Italy

£289.00
£289.00

2015 Barbera d'Alba Giacosa; Bruno Northern Italy

2015 Barbera d'Alba Northern Italy

£255.00
£129.00

2015 Barbaresco Asili Giacosa; Bruno Northern Italy

2015 Barbaresco Asili Northern Italy

£1,131.00
£1,131.00
£565.00
£1,131.00
£97.00

2015 Barbaresco Asili (White Label) Giacosa; Bruno Northern Italy

2015 Barbaresco Asili (White Label) Northern Italy

£1,529.00
£767.00

2014 Roero Arneis Giacosa; Bruno Northern Italy

88.0

2014 Roero Arneis Northern Italy

88.0
£137.00
£137.00

2014 Nebbiolo d'Alba Valmaggiore Giacosa; Bruno Northern Italy

2014 Nebbiolo d'Alba Valmaggiore Northern Italy

£243.00
£243.00
£23.00

2014 Barbera d'Alba Falletto Giacosa; Bruno Northern Italy

2014 Barbera d'Alba Falletto Northern Italy

£266.00
£266.00
£25.00

2014 Barbaresco Giacosa; Bruno Northern Italy

2014 Barbaresco Northern Italy

£989.00
£495.00

2014 Barolo Falletto Giacosa; Bruno Northern Italy

2014 Barolo Falletto Northern Italy

£1,308.00
£1,308.00
£653.00

2014 Barbaresco Rabaja Giacosa; Bruno Northern Italy

2014 Barbaresco Rabaja Northern Italy

£1,298.00
£1,298.00
£648.00
£111.00

2013 Dolcetto d'Alba Giacosa; Bruno Northern Italy

2013 Dolcetto d'Alba Northern Italy

£189.00
£189.00
£19.00

2013 Barolo Le Rocche del Falletto Giacosa; Bruno Northern Italy

96.0

2013 Barolo Le Rocche del Falletto Northern Italy

96.0
£1,954.00
£1,954.00
£978.00
£1,954.00
£978.00
£326.00

2013 Barbaresco Rabaja Giacosa; Bruno Northern Italy

2013 Barbaresco Rabaja Northern Italy

£2,060.00
£1,031.00

2013 Barolo Le Rocche dell Falletto Giacosa; Bruno Northern Italy

97.0

2013 Barolo Le Rocche dell Falletto Northern Italy

97.0
£1,960.00
£1,960.00
£981.00

2013 Barbaresco Asili (White Label) Giacosa; Bruno Northern Italy

2013 Barbaresco Asili (White Label) Northern Italy

£1,890.00
£159.00

2012 Barbaresco Asili Giacosa; Bruno Northern Italy

94.0

2012 Barbaresco Asili Northern Italy

94.0
£1,157.00
£1,157.00
£578.00
£99.00
£194.00

2012 Barbaresco Asili (White Label) Giacosa; Bruno Northern Italy

2012 Barbaresco Asili (White Label) Northern Italy

£1,417.00
£120.00

2012 Barolo Falletto di Seralunga Giacosa; Bruno Northern Italy

2012 Barolo Falletto di Seralunga Northern Italy

£1,402.00
£700.00

2012 Barbera d'Alba Giacosa; Bruno Northern Italy

2012 Barbera d'Alba Northern Italy

£302.00
£302.00

2011 Spumante Extra Brut Rose Giacosa; Bruno Northern Italy

2011 Spumante Extra Brut Rose Northern Italy

£275.00
£275.00
£139.00
£26.00

2011 Barolo Falletto Giacosa; Bruno Northern Italy

95.5

2011 Barolo Falletto Northern Italy

95.5
£1,401.00
£699.00
£699.00

2011 Dolcetto d'Alba Giacosa; Bruno Northern Italy

2011 Dolcetto d'Alba Northern Italy

£247.00
£247.00

2011 Barbaresco Asili Riserva Giacosa; Bruno Northern Italy

2011 Barbaresco Asili Riserva Northern Italy

£2,412.00
£2,412.00
£1,206.00
£1,206.00

2011 Barolo Le Rocche del Falletto Riserva Giacosa; Bruno Northern Italy

100.0

2011 Barolo Le Rocche del Falletto Riserva Northern Italy

100.0
£4,264.00
£2,132.00
£2,132.00
£711.00
£1,457.00

2011 Barolo Falletto di Seralunga Giacosa; Bruno Northern Italy

2011 Barolo Falletto di Seralunga Northern Italy

£1,357.00
£677.00
£115.00

2011 Barbera d'Alba Giacosa; Bruno Northern Italy

2011 Barbera d'Alba Northern Italy

£339.00
£31.00

2011 Barbaresco Asili Riserva (Red Label) Giacosa; Bruno Northern Italy

2011 Barbaresco Asili Riserva (Red Label) Northern Italy

£3,080.00
£3,080.00
£258.00

2011 Spumante Extra Brut Giacosa; Bruno Northern Italy

2011 Spumante Extra Brut Northern Italy

£243.00
£243.00

2011 Barolo Falletto Riserva (Red Label) Giacosa; Bruno Northern Italy

2011 Barolo Falletto Riserva (Red Label) Northern Italy

£3,672.00
£3,672.00
£307.00
£613.00

2011 Barbaresco Santo Stefano Giacosa; Bruno Northern Italy

91.0

2011 Barbaresco Santo Stefano Northern Italy

91.0
£949.00
£475.00

2009 Barolo Le Rocche dell Falletto Giacosa; Bruno Northern Italy

95.0

2009 Barolo Le Rocche dell Falletto Northern Italy

95.0
£1,199.00
£599.00
£102.00
Duty Paid £102.00
£201.00

2009 Barolo Falletto Giacosa; Bruno Northern Italy

94.0

2009 Barolo Falletto Northern Italy

94.0
£1,878.00
£940.00
£158.00
£313.00

2009 Barolo Le Rocche del Falletto Giacosa; Bruno Northern Italy

2009 Barolo Le Rocche del Falletto Northern Italy

£1,139.00
Duty Paid £97.00

2009 Barolo Rocche del Falleto Giacosa; Bruno Northern Italy

2009 Barolo Rocche del Falleto Northern Italy

£1,345.00
£114.00

2008 Barolo Falletto Giacosa; Bruno Northern Italy

88.0

2008 Barolo Falletto Northern Italy

88.0
£1,285.00
£641.00
£215.00

2008 Barolo Falletto di Seralunga Giacosa; Bruno Northern Italy

2008 Barolo Falletto di Seralunga Northern Italy

£1,453.00
£725.00

2008 Dolcetto d'Alba Sorano Giacosa; Bruno Northern Italy

89.0

2008 Dolcetto d'Alba Sorano Northern Italy

89.0
£135.00
£14.00

2008 Barbaresco Santo Stefano Giacosa; Bruno Northern Italy

87.0

2008 Barbaresco Santo Stefano Northern Italy

87.0
£1,127.00
£563.00

2007 Barolo Le Rocche del Falletto Riserva Giacosa; Bruno Northern Italy

99.0

2007 Barolo Le Rocche del Falletto Riserva Northern Italy

99.0
£4,507.00
£375.00

2007 Spumante Extra Brut Giacosa; Bruno Northern Italy

2007 Spumante Extra Brut Northern Italy

£207.00
£105.00
£213.00
£20.00

2007 Barolo Falletto Giacosa; Bruno Northern Italy

94.0

2007 Barolo Falletto Northern Italy

94.0
£1,629.00
£817.00
£557.00

2007 Barolo Falletto di Seralunga Giacosa; Bruno Northern Italy

2007 Barolo Falletto di Seralunga Northern Italy

£1,842.00
£922.00

2007 Barbaresco Asili Riserva Giacosa; Bruno Northern Italy

97.0

2007 Barbaresco Asili Riserva Northern Italy

97.0
£3,647.00
£1,824.00

2006 Spumante Extra Brut Giacosa; Bruno Northern Italy

2006 Spumante Extra Brut Northern Italy

£232.00
£238.00

2005 Barolo Le Rocche del Falletto Giacosa; Bruno Northern Italy

96.0

2005 Barolo Le Rocche del Falletto Northern Italy

96.0
£1,902.00
£160.00

2005 Roero Arneis Giacosa; Bruno Northern Italy

2005 Roero Arneis Northern Italy

£151.00
Duty Paid £16.00

2004 Barbaresco Rabaja Giacosa; Bruno Northern Italy

2004 Barbaresco Rabaja Northern Italy

£2,956.00
£1,477.00

2004 Barolo Le Rocche del Falletto Riserva Giacosa; Bruno Northern Italy

99.0

2004 Barolo Le Rocche del Falletto Riserva Northern Italy

99.0
£14,425.00
£7,210.00
NEW
£1,200.00
£4,927.00

2004 Barolo Falletto Giacosa; Bruno Northern Italy

96.0

2004 Barolo Falletto Northern Italy

96.0
£3,004.00
£500.00

2001 Spumante Extra Brut Giacosa; Bruno Northern Italy

2001 Spumante Extra Brut Northern Italy

£617.00
£54.00

2001 Barbaresco Giacosa; Bruno Northern Italy

2001 Barbaresco Northern Italy

£2,216.00
£186.00

2001 Barbaresco Rabaja Riserva Giacosa; Bruno Northern Italy

2001 Barbaresco Rabaja Riserva Northern Italy

£6,543.00
£3,270.00

2000 Barbaresco Asili Riserva Giacosa; Bruno Northern Italy

98.0

2000 Barbaresco Asili Riserva Northern Italy

98.0
£6,102.00
£3,051.00
£1,526.00
£1,017.00

2000 Barolo Le Rocche del Falletto Riserva Giacosa; Bruno Northern Italy

95.0

2000 Barolo Le Rocche del Falletto Riserva Northern Italy

95.0
£6,240.00
£520.00

2000 Barolo Falletto Giacosa; Bruno Northern Italy

91.67

2000 Barolo Falletto Northern Italy

91.67
£2,920.00
£1,459.00

1999 Barolo Le Rocche del Falletto Giacosa; Bruno Northern Italy

1999 Barolo Le Rocche del Falletto Northern Italy

£3,838.00
£1,918.00
£320.00

1998 Barolo Falletto Giacosa; Bruno Northern Italy

95.0

1998 Barolo Falletto Northern Italy

95.0
£2,132.00
£179.00

1998 Barolo Le Rocche del Falletto Giacosa; Bruno Northern Italy

1998 Barolo Le Rocche del Falletto Northern Italy

£2,495.00
£209.00

1998 Barbaresco Santo Stefano Giacosa; Bruno Northern Italy

1998 Barbaresco Santo Stefano Northern Italy

£3,743.00
£312.00

1998 Barbaresco Santo Stefano Riserva Giacosa; Bruno Northern Italy

1998 Barbaresco Santo Stefano Riserva Northern Italy

£4,713.00
Duty Paid £2,357.00
£298.00
Duty Paid £392.00

1998 Barolo Le Rocche del Falletto Riserva Giacosa; Bruno Northern Italy

1998 Barolo Le Rocche del Falletto Riserva Northern Italy

£2,920.00
£244.00

1997 Barbaresco Santo Stefano Giacosa; Bruno Northern Italy

93.0

1997 Barbaresco Santo Stefano Northern Italy

93.0
£2,423.00
£203.00
£192.00
£403.00

1997 Barolo Le Rocche dell Falletto Giacosa; Bruno Northern Italy

1997 Barolo Le Rocche dell Falletto Northern Italy

£2,363.00
£198.00

1997 Barbaresco Giacosa; Bruno Northern Italy

1997 Barbaresco Northern Italy

£2,216.00
£186.00

1996 Barbaresco Santo Stefano Giacosa; Bruno Northern Italy

1996 Barbaresco Santo Stefano Northern Italy

£3,794.00
£316.00

1996 Barbaresco Asili Riserva Giacosa; Bruno Northern Italy

98.0

1996 Barbaresco Asili Riserva Northern Italy

98.0
£10,401.00
£866.00

1996 Barolo Falletto Giacosa; Bruno Northern Italy

1996 Barolo Falletto Northern Italy

£4,932.00
£411.00

1996 Barolo Falletto Riserva (Red Label) Giacosa; Bruno Northern Italy

1996 Barolo Falletto Riserva (Red Label) Northern Italy

£6,944.00
£1,156.00

1995 Barbaresco Asili Giacosa; Bruno Northern Italy

1995 Barbaresco Asili Northern Italy

£2,471.00
£207.00

1993 Barbaresco Santo Stefano Giacosa; Bruno Northern Italy

1993 Barbaresco Santo Stefano Northern Italy

£3,405.00
£284.00

1993 Barbaresco Asili Giacosa; Bruno Northern Italy

1993 Barbaresco Asili Northern Italy

£3,441.00
£287.00

1990 Barbaresco Santo Stefano Riserva Giacosa; Bruno Northern Italy

96.0

1990 Barbaresco Santo Stefano Riserva Northern Italy

96.0
£12,509.00
£1,042.00

1990 Barolo Villero Giacosa; Bruno Northern Italy

1990 Barolo Villero Northern Italy

£6,992.00
£582.00

1990 Barolo Falletto Riserva Giacosa; Bruno Northern Italy

98.0

1990 Barolo Falletto Riserva Northern Italy

98.0
£14,031.00
£2,339.00

1988 Barbaresco Santo Stefano Riserva Giacosa; Bruno Northern Italy

1988 Barbaresco Santo Stefano Riserva Northern Italy

£8,127.00
£8,127.00

1988 Barbaresco Giacosa; Bruno Northern Italy

1988 Barbaresco Northern Italy

£3,321.00
£277.00

1986 Barolo Falletto Riserva (Red Label) Giacosa; Bruno Northern Italy

1986 Barolo Falletto Riserva (Red Label) Northern Italy

£11,383.00
£948.00

1985 Barolo Falletto Riserva Giacosa; Bruno Northern Italy

96.0

1985 Barolo Falletto Riserva Northern Italy

96.0
£15,911.00
£1,326.00
Duty Paid £1,326.00

1985 Barolo Falletto Riserva (Red Label) Giacosa; Bruno Northern Italy

1985 Barolo Falletto Riserva (Red Label) Northern Italy

£18,845.00
£1,570.00

1982 Barolo Colina Rionda Riserva (Red Label) Giacosa; Bruno Northern Italy

1982 Barolo Colina Rionda Riserva (Red Label) Northern Italy

£41,360.00
£3,463.00

1974 Barbaresco Santo Stefano Giacosa; Bruno Northern Italy

1974 Barbaresco Santo Stefano Northern Italy

£8,240.00
£686.00

1974 Barbaresco Gallina Giacosa; Bruno Northern Italy

1974 Barbaresco Gallina Northern Italy

£5,114.00
£426.00

1974 Barolo Collina Rionda Giacosa; Bruno Northern Italy

1974 Barolo Collina Rionda Northern Italy

£8,423.00
£701.00

1970 Barbaresco Santo Stefano Giacosa; Bruno Northern Italy

1970 Barbaresco Santo Stefano Northern Italy

£6,046.00
£503.00

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