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Bruno Giacosa will not bottle 2006 vintage

The renowned Piedmontese wine producer Bruno Giacosa has announced that he will not be bottling his 2006 Barolos and Barbarescos.

According to a statement from Armit, the UK agent for Giacosa, he is ‘not satisfied that the Barolos and the Barbarescos produced at Giacosa meet his exacting standards.’

‘He has taken the brave and we think highly honourable decision not to bottle these wines, which is clearly a considerable financial sacrifice,’ the statement continued.

Company oenologist Giorgio Lavagna says that the wine will be sold on as sfuso (unbottled wine) for use by another bottler.

Until recently Giacosa had not been able to personally judge the quality of the wines due to suffering a stroke in 2006 which left him unable to work at the winery.

Giacosa has since made a full recovery and is back working alongside his new winemaker Giorgio Lavagna.

The 2007 Barbaresco wines will be released in February or March 2010.

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Written by Suzannah Ramsdale

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