Bruno Giacosa

Listed Wines Barbaresco Asili D.O.C.G.
Barolo Falletto D.O.C.G.
Barolo Le Rocche del Falletto D.O.C.G.
Owner Bruno Giacosa
Annual Production ​(Grand Vin) 400,000 bottles
Classification First growth
Sub-Region Piedmont
Interesting Fact While the estate’s Riservas are referred to as ‘red label’, the label has never been a true red, varying between a maroon to a reddish-brown.
Bruno Giacosa

History

Consistently billed as one of the greatest winemakers in the world, Bruno Giacosa is the third generation to produce wine at the family estate, founded in 1871. Giacosa, having left school aged 15 during the First World War, has spent his life perfecting his craft.

Initially producing wine made only from purchased fruits from select vineyards, Giacosa was considered one of the top three most significant wine producers of Barbaresco during the 1960s. But while many producers are content to focus on either Barbarescos on Barolos, Giacosa has been creating a steady stream of impressive wines from both zones for nearly half a century.

While he continued to make a variety of wines from purchased grapes under the ‘Casa Vinicola Bruno Giacosa’ name, in 1982 Giacosa bought the Falletto vineyard in Serralunga, and began producing single-vineyard bottles under the ‘Azienda Agricola Falletto di Bruno Giacosa’ label.

Regardless of the wine in question, Crus are only bottled during better vintages and given the iconic red Giacosa label, yet a typical white label release is still widely-regarded to offer soaring quality. If a wine does not meet Giacosa’s exacting standards, he either declassifies it, selling it as a simple nebbiolo, or does not bottle it at all.

Yet despite his perfectionism, Giacosa is extremely modest, preferring to let his wine do the talking, and despite suffering a stroke in 2006 Giacosa remained at the helm of his legendary estate until he sadly died in January 2018.

His daughters, Bruna and Marina, who have aided in running the estate for years, are now taking full charge.

Investment Overview

There’s a reason why Bruno Giacosa’s wines – among the most expensive in Italy – are so commonly counterfeited: they’re in high demand and relatively short supply. An annual production of 400,000 bottles across a large portfolio of wines – wines made by a legendary winemaker, that is – doesn’t go far. 

Giacosa is stringent about which wines are given the honour of the Riserva red label, and that shows across critic scores and investment data. While all of the estate’s wines have enjoyed growth in value over the last five years, a comparison between standard vintages and Riservas really does highlight where the strongest potential resides.

The 2004 Barbaresco Rabja, for example, which scored an impressive 97 points from Parker, hovers around 50% lower on value charts compared to its Barbaresco Asili Riserva counterpart from the same year, which scored just one point more. The same is true of the 2007 Asili vintage and its accompanying 2007 Riserva release.

Nonetheless, Giacosa’s wines offer quality and potential across the board, regardless of the sought-after red label. The estate entered the Live-ex Fine Wine Power 100 for the first time in 2013, and at a solid 40th place at that.

Wines Overview

Casa Vinicola Bruno Giacosa

Roero Arneis D.O.C.G.

A dark, straw-yellow colour, this wine boasts an intense, fine and elegantly fruity bouquet reminiscent of peach, apricot, citrus, fruit and acacia flowers.

Barbaresco D.O.C.G.

A beautiful garnet red colour, this intense and complex wine offers notes reminiscent of violet, liquorice and raspberry. Its flavour is full and robust with tannic texture and in the best vintages bears the term ‘Riserva’ on the label.

Nebbiolo d’alba D.O.C.

A deep red, intense yet delicate wine, boasting a floral bouquet and a dry, full and pleasantly tannic flavour.

Barbera d’Alba D.O.C.

Lively and generously flavoured, this intense ruby red offers violet reflections and a sour cherry and rich spice bouquet.

Dolcetto d’Alba D.O.C.

A fine example of the Dolcetto variety, this deep red wine offers delicate scents complemented by a dry and pleasantly almond-tinted flavour.

Azienda Agricola Falletto di Bruno Giacosa

Barbaresco Asili D.O.C.G.

A garnet red colour with delicate orange reflections, this wine boasts a fine and complex bouquet with violet and wild berry notes, and a full, velvety and harmonious flavour. The best vintages are declared ‘Riserva’ on the label.

Barbaresco Rabajà D.O.C.G.

This red boasts an ample and persistent bouquet with hints of ripe fruit, withered flowers and sweet spices, plus a dry, warm and austere flavour. The best vintages are declared ‘Riserva’ on the label.

Barolo Falletto D.O.C.G.

With a full and velvety mouthfeel, this garnet red wine boasts an ample and complex bouquet with notes recalling truffle and liquorice.

Barolo Le Rocche del Falletto D.O.C.G.

With an ample, complex and elegant bouquet and notes of rose, ripe fruit, truffle and spices, this full and velvety wine boasts a truly aristocratic personality and in the best vintages bears ‘Riserva’ on the label.

Barolo Vigna Croera D.O.C.G.

With a tannic texture and balanced flavour, this red offers a rich bouquet recalling withered flowers, mint, spices and undergrowth.

Dolcetto d’Alba Falletto D.O.C.

Another fine example of the Dolcetto variety, this intense ruby red is bursting with violet reflections and full, ripe cherry flavours.

Barbera d’Alba Falletto D.O.C.G.

Giacosa’s single vineyard Barbera is a full, rigourous offering boasting a velvety flavour, an intense bouquet and a dry mouthfeel.

Bruno Giacosa Price Analysis

Average
Average vintage price £2,179.92

Bruno Giacosa Pricing

Wine Vintage Producer Market price Unit size
Barolo Le Rocche del Falletto D.O.C.G. 2015 Bruno Giacosa POA 12x75cl
Barolo Le Rocche del Falletto D.O.C.G. 2014 Bruno Giacosa POA 12x75cl
Barolo Le Rocche del Falletto D.O.C.G. 2013 Bruno Giacosa £1,190.00 12x75cl
Barolo Le Rocche del Falletto D.O.C.G. 2012 Bruno Giacosa £3,400.00 12x75cl
Barolo Le Rocche del Falletto D.O.C.G. 2011 Bruno Giacosa £3,918.00 12x75cl
Barolo Le Rocche del Falletto D.O.C.G. 2010 Bruno Giacosa POA 12x75cl
Barolo Le Rocche del Falletto D.O.C.G. 2009 Bruno Giacosa £980.00 12x75cl
Barolo Le Rocche del Falletto D.O.C.G. 2008 Bruno Giacosa £3,314.00 12x75cl
Barolo Le Rocche del Falletto D.O.C.G. 2007 Bruno Giacosa POA 12x75cl
Barolo Le Rocche del Falletto D.O.C.G. 2006 Bruno Giacosa POA 12x75cl
Barolo Le Rocche del Falletto D.O.C.G. 2005 Bruno Giacosa £2,400.00 12x75cl
Barolo Le Rocche del Falletto D.O.C.G. 2004 Bruno Giacosa POA 12x75cl
Barolo Le Rocche del Falletto D.O.C.G. 2003 Bruno Giacosa £1,488.00 12x75cl
Barolo Le Rocche del Falletto D.O.C.G. 2002 Bruno Giacosa POA 12x75cl
Barolo Le Rocche del Falletto D.O.C.G. 2001 Bruno Giacosa £6,204.00 12x75cl
Barolo Le Rocche del Falletto D.O.C.G. 2000 Bruno Giacosa £5,518.00 12x75cl
Barolo Le Rocche del Falletto D.O.C.G. 1999 Bruno Giacosa £3,420.00 12x75cl
Barolo Le Rocche del Falletto D.O.C.G. 1998 Bruno Giacosa £2,302.00 12x75cl
Barolo Le Rocche del Falletto D.O.C.G. 1997 Bruno Giacosa £2,292.00 12x75cl
Barolo Falletto D.O.C.G. 2015 Bruno Giacosa £174.00 12x75cl
Barolo Falletto D.O.C.G. 2014 Bruno Giacosa £1,200.00 12x75cl
Barolo Falletto D.O.C.G. 2013 Bruno Giacosa £1,440.00 12x75cl
Barolo Falletto D.O.C.G. 2012 Bruno Giacosa £950.00 12x75cl
Barolo Falletto D.O.C.G. 2011 Bruno Giacosa £1,200.00 12x75cl
Barolo Falletto D.O.C.G. 2011 Bruno Giacosa £675.00 6x75cl
Barolo Falletto D.O.C.G. 2010 Bruno Giacosa POA 12x75cl
Barolo Falletto D.O.C.G. 2009 Bruno Giacosa £800.00 12x75cl
Barolo Falletto D.O.C.G. 2008 Bruno Giacosa POA 12x75cl
Barolo Falletto D.O.C.G. 2007 Bruno Giacosa £1,740.00 12x75cl
Barolo Falletto D.O.C.G. 2006 Bruno Giacosa POA 12x75cl
Barolo Falletto D.O.C.G. 2005 Bruno Giacosa £1,596.00 12x75cl
Barolo Falletto D.O.C.G. 2004 Bruno Giacosa £3,100.00 12x75cl
Barolo Falletto D.O.C.G. 2003 Bruno Giacosa £1,444.00 12x75cl
Barolo Falletto D.O.C.G. 2002 Bruno Giacosa POA 12x75cl
Barolo Falletto D.O.C.G. 2001 Bruno Giacosa £1,850.00 12x75cl
Barolo Falletto D.O.C.G. 2000 Bruno Giacosa £1,524.00 12x75cl
Barolo Falletto D.O.C.G. 1999 Bruno Giacosa £2,196.00 12x75cl
Barolo Falletto D.O.C.G. 1998 Bruno Giacosa £3,040.00 12x75cl
Barolo Falletto D.O.C.G. 1997 Bruno Giacosa POA 12x75cl
Barbaresco Asili D.O.C.G. 2014 Bruno Giacosa £990.00 12x75cl
Barbaresco Asili D.O.C.G. 2013 Bruno Giacosa £1,908.00 12x75cl
Barbaresco Asili D.O.C.G. 2012 Bruno Giacosa £960.00 12x75cl
Barbaresco Asili D.O.C.G. 2012 Bruno Giacosa £480.00 6x75cl
Barbaresco Asili D.O.C.G. 2011 Bruno Giacosa £2,532.00 12x75cl
Barbaresco Asili D.O.C.G. 2010 Bruno Giacosa POA 12x75cl
Barbaresco Asili D.O.C.G. 2009 Bruno Giacosa £1,000.00 12x75cl
Barbaresco Asili D.O.C.G. 2008 Bruno Giacosa POA 12x75cl
Barbaresco Asili D.O.C.G. 2007 Bruno Giacosa £1,584.00 12x75cl
Barbaresco Asili D.O.C.G. 2006 Bruno Giacosa POA 12x75cl
Barbaresco Asili D.O.C.G. 2005 Bruno Giacosa £1,829.00 12x75cl
Barbaresco Asili D.O.C.G. 2004 Bruno Giacosa £4,308.00 12x75cl
Barbaresco Asili D.O.C.G. 2003 Bruno Giacosa £1,346.00 12x75cl
Barbaresco Asili D.O.C.G. 2002 Bruno Giacosa POA 12x75cl
Barbaresco Asili D.O.C.G. 2001 Bruno Giacosa £2,900.00 12x75cl
Barbaresco Asili D.O.C.G. 2000 Bruno Giacosa £3,156.00 12x75cl
Barbaresco Asili D.O.C.G. 1999 Bruno Giacosa £1,900.00 12x75cl
Barbaresco Asili D.O.C.G. 1998 Bruno Giacosa £2,100.00 12x75cl
Barbaresco Asili D.O.C.G. 1997 Bruno Giacosa £2,004.00 12x75cl