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Francone Barbaresco DOCG Gallina Cru 2017

Francone Barbaresco DOCG Gallina Cru 2017

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Geographical Indication

Grape

Vintage

2017

ABV

14.5%

Style

Still Dry Red Wine

A UK-exclusive Barbaresco wine from a cru-vineyard in Neive. Decanter Gold and Silver Medals

As seen in The Independent – this wine has been selected as an Indy Best Buy product in the best organic wines range.

Barbaresco DOCG is one of Italy’s greatest red wines, and this UK-exclusive has won the Decanter Gold Medal in 2019 and the Silver Medal in 2020 – and for good reason. Grapes are grown in the old vineyard L’Ciaciaret, in the Gallina MGA (cru) in the municipality of Neive. Gallina is one of the most valuable crus in the Neive area, it’s listed on Renato Ratti’s historic map of Barbaresco cru-vineyards. In 2014, the winery and the Francone vineyard were listed as part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Only 3,000 bottles are produced per year, making this a seriously exclusive wine. We recommend buying now if you want to taste it.

Sustainable winemaking

Grapes are harvested by hand in the first decade of October (usually around the 10th of the month). After fermentation and 14 days of maceration on the skins, the wine is matured for 18 months in French oak casks, and refined further in bottle.

This Barbaresco wine is produced following the “Green Experience” system. This is a new set of rules for eco-friendly grape-growing. It started in Piedmont, where winemakers decided that the traditional organic laws don’t provide enough protection for the environment. It already unites more than 100 vineyards, including renowned producers of Barolo and Barbaresco.

Tasting notes

Deep ruby colour. On the nose, the wine is rich and complex, with pronounced aromas of fresh strawberry, raspberry, almond and liquorice. It has well-integrated notes of tea leaf, coffee and leather. On the palate the wine is dry and balanced, with soft tannins and high acidity. This Barbaresco benefits from an elegant texture and a full body, with a lasting finish.

Ageing potential

20 years

Awards

Decanter World Wine Awards 2020 – Silver Medal (2017 vintage) | Decanter World Wine Awards 2019 – Gold Medal (2016 vintage) | Luca Maroni, 91 points (2017 vintage)

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4 reviews for Francone Barbaresco DOCG Gallina Cru 2017

  1. Stewart

    2016 vintage has terrific potential, but didn’t hold its own: still rather young. Am keeping the other bottle for a few more years.

  2. Paul

    An abundance of fresh, ripe fruit on the nose. Damsons, blackberries and cherries. Really expressive. To taste, incredibly smooth and well integrated with nice weight to it. Less fruit and more savoury notes than the nose would suggest but no less pleasant for it. In sum, a very enjoyable bottle. Would buy again

  3. Steve S

    This wine is very special.
    This is a very good introduction to the fine world of Barolo. I had the 2015 vintage. With great Barolo you need to wait. I would say that the 2015 would be still at its peak in 10 years time, so do not rush, take it easy, and you’ll be rewarded.
    Went well with beef.

  4. Martin Isark

    Drinks well with and without food! 2016 is an exceptional vintage throughout Piemonte, and this Nebbiolo wine strut’s its stuff with ease.

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