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The Communes of Barolo and Barbaresco

The Communes of Barolo and Barbaresco

Wednesday 30th March 2022
by Mark Dearing

The Communes of Barolo and Barbaresco

We understand that many Justerini & Brooks customers are fully au fait with the intricacies of the Piedmont’s two principal wine regions; Barolo and Barbaresco, but for those less familiar, or perhaps just in need of a refresher, we provide here a summary of the key comnes in both regions. When one considers the diversity of soil, elevation, aspect and micro-climate across the Langhe, even before the complexities of vine age, clonal variation, training methods and winemaking technique, it becomes ever-clearer that the wines of Barolo and Barbaresco comprise some of the most terroir-driven of any wine region in the world. 

In the context of noteworthy single cru Barolo and Barbaresco, the likes of which are represented in our offer today, a little insight into the broad characteristics of each commune may help to narrow down a selection of wines that will appeal to your personal tastes. To the connoisseurs, we hope that a simple overview might tempt a move into new areas, or some lesser-known crus, in the pursuit of diverse and contemporary Barolo and Barbaresco collections.

For your convenience, we have also included a summary of the single crus we offer from each commune. While there are a total of eleven approved communes in the DOCG Barolo appellation, we have opted to focus only on the most prominent six. Not included are Roddi, Grinzane Cavour, Novello (home to Ravera – an increasingly famous single vineyard), Cherasco and Diano d’Alba. In Barbaresco we have opted not to include San Rocco Seno d'Elvio. 

Rooting for the Underdog: Our Piedmont 2018 Trip

Rooting for the Underdog: Our Piedmont 2018 Trip

Tuesday 22nd March 2022
by Mark Dearing

After two years away, it was a great pleasure for us to be back in Piedmont last week to taste the new vintages in Barolo and Barbaresco.

However, initially at least, we were greeted by a few long faces, as producers bristled about the reviews some of the upcoming 2018s have received. Whether it’s a case of critics tasting the wines too young, or in the wrong season, or simply with the wrong mindset, we don’t know, but we at Justerini & Brooks are delighted to report that in our week in the region we tasted and will be buying a significant number of really delicious, archetypal Nebbiolos. Moreover, we feel that vineyard signatures are as clear as ever, and if the wines are not the powerhouses that are generally adorned with big scores, then so much the better for the Italian-lover seeking wines that they can enjoy in the early going.

Piedmont 2018 Vintage Report

Piedmont 2018 Vintage Report

Tuesday 15th March 2022
by Giles Burke-Gaffney

A week of tasting the new releases in Piedmont at some of region’s best addresses revealed a 2018 vintage that is seductively charming and instantly likeable. Very different in style to the richer, more concentrated 2017s but, in our view, a step up. These are aromatic, poised wines of sweet red fruit, freshness, delicacy and melt-in-the-mouth structures. 2018 may not be the typical powerhouse Barolo blockbuster to stick away for fifty years, however this is an early-drinking vintage of sufficient intensity and balance to last a good 10-15 years plus. When wines show this well young, why look beyond two decades? These Barolos and Barbarescos will give great pleasure early in their life, to Nebbiolo geeks and newcomers alike. Contrary to uniform vintages, such as 2016, If you look outside of the established, quality-minded producers, you are sure to find a lot of variation; however a week of visits to the growers we know and love resoundingly confirmed that it was clearly possible to make beautiful wine in 2018. 

Piedmont 2017 Vintage webinar

Piedmont 2017 Vintage webinar

Thursday 22nd April 2021
by Giles Burke-Gaffney

Featuring Elisa Scavino and Pierguido Busso.

In lieu of our annual Italy 2017 tasting, we hosted a Zoom webinar with two of Piedmont’s leading lights: Elisa Scavino from Paolo Scavino and Pierguido Busso of Piero Busso. Our Buying Director Giles Burke-Gaffney, gained their insights into the 2017 vintage, offering combined perspectives that extend right across the Barolo and Barbaresco regions.

Roagna Masterclass

Roagna Masterclass

Tuesday 12th May 2020
by Justerini & Brooks

Luca Roagna from Roagna - Tuesday 12th May

Buying Director at Justerini & Brooks, Giles Burke-Gaffney was joined by Luca Roagna from Roagna to explain his wine-growing philosophy and guide us through two of his most important, but most contrasting, vineyards: Barolo Pira and Barbaresco Paje.


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