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Producer Profile: Bruno Giacosa

Bruno Giacosa is a living legend. For almost a century, this third generation winemaker has been producing complex and powerful wines that serve as standard-bearers for both Barolo and Barbaresco. Known for both his modesty and his passionate attention to detail, he continues to forge an inspiring legacy of excellence that will forever impact the appreciation of Italian wines.

Born into the wine business, Bruno Giacosa got his start buying grapes for his family’s winery and subsequently for many of the great Barolo houses. With his immense hands-on experience with growers, he started his own company in 1960 and became a pioneer in 1967 when he introduced single-vineyard bottlings of Barolo and Barbaresco. Highlights of these bottlings include the now legendary Barolo Collina Rionda and the Barbaresco Santo Stefano.

Giacosa-Bruno_BaroloRiserva_RoccheDelFalletto_LabelBruno Giacosa has a rich relationship with the growers of Barolo and Barbaresco, and consequently understands the importance of site selection, but he did not own a single property until 1982 when he finally purchased his first piece of land, Falletto, after decades of trying to acquire it. Located in Serralunga, perhaps the most prestigious of Barolo villages, Falletto has the perfect combination of southwest exposure and calcareous soils to add depth and structure. Wines produced from his own vineyards are destined for the label Azienda Agricola Falletto di Bruno Giacosa, while grapes bought from his network of trusted growers go to towards the no less magnificent Casa Vinicola Bruno Giacosa.

One could call Bruno Giacosa a traditionalist, but that would be a misinterpretation of this multi-dimensional man. He does believe that wines were better in the past, but only because the yields were smaller, the grapes and wine were handled and treated less, and vineyard practices focused more attention on the care of the grapes. This all sounds like the minimal intervention vineyard practices and organic and biodynamic philosophies that are becoming more widespread. With Bruno Giacosa, these ideals were never forgotten and therefore they did not have to be “discovered”. They were already there.

The wines of Bruno Giacosa are truly legendary and the opportunity to indulge in them does not come around every day. Luckily, the HDH retail website has a fantastic selection of his spectacular wines including Collina Rionda, Falletto, and Santo Stefano. Pick up a bottle today – it’ll be the perfect thing to keep you warm as we move into fall. Salute!

Juicy Details with David Larson: Domaine Roulot

Do you like wine with energy and precision? Not afraid of acidity and minerality? Like your wine to come from one of the greatest winemakers in Burgundy, if not the world? Then the Meursaults from Jean-Marc Roulot are for you. Much has been written about this great estate, so rather than focus on facts andContinue Reading

Producer Profile: Château Pavie

In 1998, when Gérard Perse purchased Château Pavie, the estate and modern winemaking in Bordeaux were changed forever. A polarizing figure, Perse committed an immense amount of time and capital into modernizing the Château and instilled vigorous pruning and selection processes that dropped the yield from about 55 hL/h to around 30 hL/h. Famed consultantContinue Reading

Producer Profile: Château Pichon Lalande

Producer Profile: Château Pichon Lalande

In addition to château-direct consignments from Montrose and Cheval Blanc, our upcoming auction, A Celebration of Bordeaux, features a consignment direct from the cellars of Château Pichon Longueville, Comtesse de Lalande (lots 1103-1133). We’re delighted to offer the wines of this historic Pauillac estate, and we encourage you to explore the careful balance of traditionContinue Reading

Producer Profile: Château Cheval Blanc

Producer Profile: Château Cheval Blanc

In addition to the château-direct consignment from Montrose, our upcoming Bordeaux Auction features a pristine consignment direct from the cellars of Château Cheval Blanc (lots 1-32). In honor of their consignment, we invite you to take a further look at the traditions and techniques that have made this estate one of Bordeaux’s most famous. PerchedContinue Reading

Producer Profile: Château Montrose

Producer Profile: Château Montrose

One of the first châteaux that comes to mind whenever the term “Super Second” is uttered is Château Montrose. We are delighted to feature a consignment direct from Montrose’s cellars in our upcoming Bordeaux Auction (lots 735-798), and we’d like to take a moment to highlight the estate’s history and recent innovations. Situated on slopes overlookingContinue Reading

Producer Profile: Château Margaux

Producer Profile: Château Margaux

“The…acclaimed 1978 Margaux was followed by a succession of brilliantly executed wines that are so stunning, rich, and balanced that it is not unfair to suggest that during the 1980s there was no better wine made in all of Bordeaux than that of Margaux…The style of the rejuvenated wine at Margaux is one of opulent richness,Continue Reading

Producer Profile: Château Latour

Producer Profile: Château Latour

“The wine produced here has been an impeccable model of consistent excellence, in great, mediocre, and poor vintages. For that reason, many have long considered Latour to be the Medoc’s finest wine….Latour remains one of the most concentrated, rich, tannic, and full-bodied wines in the world…” World’s Greatest Wine Estates, Robert Parker Jr. While manyContinue Reading

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