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Giacomo Borgogno

You know you have found the mystical hilltop village of Barolo when the billboard-like letters B-O-R-G-O-G-N-O peek through the Langhe fog that nestles into the landscape. The large Borgogno cellar dominates the center of the village here and serves as a monument to traditional Barolo.

Bartolomeo Borgogno founded this estate in 1761, but it is a historic document dated 1848 that attests to its first wine sales to the Royal Army of Racconigi. This document would later help protect the family name when the estate achieved international prestige through its worldwide distribution spearheaded by Cesare Borgogno (widely considered one of the key influences in the history of Barolo). In 1955, the French Institut des Appellations d'Origine took legal action against Borgogno, claiming that the name was unfair competition for the wines of Burgundy (Borgogna in Italian). The document was used as an exhibit to testify to the history of the estate and its importance in Barolo.

As at the Mascarello estate, the approach here has been cuvee bottlings, not cru, despite having prestigious vineyard land in Cannubi, Cannubi Boschis, Brunate, Rue, and Liste; blended wines are the tradition here since the unique nuances of each site come together to make a more harmonious and complete wine. Vinification typically follows the formula of long maceration and extended aging in large casks. All of these components contribute to the estate's reputation for longevity. It is often cited in the wine community that that Borgogno's wines take 30 years to come around, a testament to the estate's winemaking.

The calling card of this traditional estate is its rare stock of vintage Barolo, a practice that predates WWII. The family still implements the unusual corporate policy of putting away stocks of good vintages in bottle and releasing them more than two decades later. It is this practice that has allowed today's incredible offering. The Borgognos' philosophy and generosity gives us the opportunity to experience the historic vintages of 1961, 1978, 1982, 1989, and 1990 and to see how Barolo was meant to be experienced.


Wines:
Dolcetto di Dogliani
Barbaresco
Barbera d'Alba
Barolo
Barolo Classico Riserva

Region: Piemonte

DOC(G)s:
Dolcetto di Dogliani
Barbaresco
Barbera d'Alba
Barolo