Giacomo Conterno Cascina Francia, Barolo
In years of outstanding quality, a selection is made while the Nebbiolo grapes are still on the vines. The ‘Cascina Francia’ Barolo is bottled after approximately four years in Slavonian oak botti while the Monfortino (from the same cru) is bottled after approximately seven years.
Since the 2010 Barolo and 2012 Barbera, the wines have been labelled as simply ‘Francia’ as opposed to ‘Cascina Franci.’ The change was made to comply with the new standardisation of Barolo cru names across the region. The sourcing of the grapes and ageing of the wine remains the same.
The 2015 Barolo Francia is a soaring, regal wine endowed with tremendous intensity in all of its dimensions. The most reticent and inward of the 2015s, the Francia possesses superb textural density and persistence all the way through to the explosive finish. An immense, towering Barolo, the Francia is positively stellar. It is also going to require a number of years to be at its best. In recent years, the Conterno Barolo Francia has often been relatively accessible post bottling, the 2015 is far from that.
98 points, Vinous (November 2019)
Next comes 50-hectoliter botte number 88 that houses the upcoming 2015 Barolo Francia... What impresses most here is the supreme elegance of the wine. It speaks in hushed whispers, enunciating promises of depth, complexity and mysterious intrigue. The wine unfolds slowly, revealing new elements with each swirl of the glass. Together, these aromas build in intensity and stature to become a magnificent Barolo with a capital B. The bouquet exudes elegance and complexity that will carry it through the ages. When I tasted this wine from barrel last year, I described it as demure. One year later, the wine is bursting with confidence, character and moxie.
97 points, Wine Advocate (June 2019)