Following our Bruno Giacosa Barolo Le Rocche del Falletto 2013 release, we are delighted to be able to offer another new release, the stunning perfect scoring Le Rocche del Falletto Riserva 2011. This has been awarded 100 points from James Suckling, only its fourth ever. The other 100 point scores were in 2004 by Antonio Galloni and in 2007 and 2000 by James Suckling. Today’s first tranche release price is £1,500 per case of six, while the 2000 trades at £2,400, the 2007 at £2,200 and the 2004 a staggering £4,500. It is worth securing on release.
Depending on the vintage, Bruno Giacosa makes a Le Rocche del Falletto or a Le Rocche del Falletto ‘Riserva’. 2011 was a very hot year, which has resulted in ripe, rich and supple wines. It is hardly surprising therefore that the 2011 was awarded its 100-point score which makes it a future legend for Giacosa. In 2011 less than 7,000 bottles were produced, which the market has swallowed whole. A perfect score from Giacosa signals this as one of the greatest Barolos ever made.
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It is noteworthy that in 2011 the legendary oenologist Dante Scaglione returned to the Estate, the man behind so many of the great vintages in Giacosa’s past. This has ushered in a new golden age for the Vigna le Rocche del Falletto vineyard. The 2011 vintage provided Scaglione with the perfect canvas to mark his return. The conditions afforded him liberal brushstrokes with Giacosa’s much lauded, terroir-driven style; the Falletto vineyard has been at the heart of their holdings for decades.
The vineyard itself is located in the commune of Serralunga d’Alba and it was originally purchased by Bruno Giacosa in 1980. However, its grapes had been included in his top Barolos as far back as 1964. The Rocche del Falletto is a tiny subsection of the vineyard which was first used exclusively in 1997. It is widely regarded as being among the greatest sites in Europe. With its iconic amphitheatre-like shape and low-yielding microclimate, it produces wines of wonderful concentration, depth and perfume.
Bruno Giacosa Barolo Le Rocche del Falletto Riserva 2011, 6×75, £1,500 IB
100 Points, James Suckling
This reminds me of the perfect 2000. Aromas of blackberries, violets, smoke and sliced plums. Subtle, classic beauty for the nose. Full-bodied yet tight and refined. It starts off very slowly, but the finish comes after one minute of tasting. Spellbinding wine. So savory and salty. Extraordinary. 7,000 bottles.
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