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Single bottle of Red wine Giacomo Conterno, Francia Barolo DOCG, Barolo, 2011 100% Nebbiolo

Giacomo Conterno
Francia Barolo DOCG

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The producer

Giacomo took over his family’s business, based in Barolo commune Monforte d’Alba, in the 1920s, and years later, in the early 1960s, passed the reins to his sons, Giovanni and Aldo. The brothers went their separate ways in 1969. Giovanni kept the family’s Giacomo Conterno estate and continued his father’s tradition of purchasing the finest grapes and making solidly traditional Barolos, which included very long maceration periods in order to extract complexity and a strong tannic backbone in the wines, and many years ageing in large neutral oak casks. In 1974, Giovanni acquired the Cascina Francia vineyard in Serralunga d’Alba.

When Giovanni passed away in 2004, his son Roberto took over, and while having continued his father and grandfather’s traditional approaches, he has also introduced a few slightly more modern ways, including wooden vats for fermentation and large Austrian casks which he use alongside the traditional Slavonian casks for ageing the wines. The two key wines from this estate are Barolo Riserva ‘Monfortino’ and Barolo ‘Cascina Francia’. 

The wine

Fruit for the Cascina Francia cuvee is sourced from the family’s eponymous 9-hectare monopole Nebbiolo vineyard in Serralunga d’Alba. West to southwest facing, the vineyard is 350-400 metres above sea level and located at the southern end of Barolo. We believe Cascina Francia to have a degree of similar expression to Monfortino and as such is better value thus allowing wine lovers to touch a bit of Italian luxury from this iconic producer. Cascina Francia is only made in exceptional vintages and only around 1500 cases are produced each year. Prior to 2010 it was known as “Cascina Francia”.

Type: Red
Vintage: 2011
Country: Italy
Region: Piedmont
Sub region: Barolo
Grape: 100%  Nebbiolo
Style: Savory and Classic
Sweetness: Dry
ABV: 14%
Drinking window: 2018 - 2032
Size: 750ml
Food match: Lamb

We choose our wines based on a range of criteria (see how we choose our wines) of which critic scores is just one. Rather than simply highlight the best score to promote a wine, our average critic score is calculated from the scores provided by several respected wine critics, who we follow for specific regions. They do not represent all critic scores and, wherever possible, we try and give more weight to more recent reviews. Where appropriate we consider market-based scores like Global Wine Score or Wine Searcher Average scores.

As a rule, we look to offer wines that achieve a 92/100 average critic score or better and frankly a lot of very good wines simply don’t make the cut. As a high-end provider we want to reflect that positioning in the quality of wines we offer. Such wines are only a tiny fraction of those generally on offer in the market. We believe that an average score is a more conservative and representative approach, but it is still subjective and only offered as a guide to our customers, who will (and should) do their own research. We will add individual critic scores to our website in the future. 

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