A Superb Vintage...A Legendary Vineyard...One Incredible Deal

It’s rare nowadays to find a wine from a truly great vineyard, in a superb vintage at an incredibly low price – especially from an increasingly expensive region. Today we can bring you exactly that – a wine we tasted only last week and immediately fell in love with. However, we were even more excited when we found out the price!

The wine is 2013 Barolo Rocche dell’Annunziata from Rocche Costamagna. A mouthful in more ways than one, it will cost you just £250 per 12 bottles in bond. There are five key reasons why we believe this is a very exciting proposition.

The first is to do with location. Sandwiched between the villages of Annunziata and La Morra, this wine comes from one of Barolo’s very best vineyards. In the same way that many regard Gevrey Chambertin’s Premier Cru Clos St Jacques vineyard to be of Grand Cru quality, Rocche dell’Annunziata is often seen as a Vigne Grande (Grand Cru). Wines from this vineyard have a very silky texture, a black cherry fruit profile and a long, spicy finish.

The second reason to get excited is the vintage. 2013 is a year that, in the words of Antonio Galloni, produced: “…thrilling, utterly captivating wines that speak to the pedigree and class that are the signatures of the best Barolo vintages.” He goes on to say, “…the 2013 Barolos generally possess striking aromatics, silky tannins… sculpted, vibrant fruit and mid-weight structures.”

The third reason is the producer. Rocche Costamagna is a historic producer that has continuously made wine in La Morra since 1841. Thanks to this heritage, they have some of the best placed vines within this prestigious vineyard. Stylistically, Costamagna sits happily between the extracted, fruit-bomb style of the modernist producers and the more tannic, structured, elegant style of the classicists.

Fourthly – the price. At just £250 per 12 bottles in bond, this is an absolute steal, especially when you consider that the most famous producers in this vineyard (Roberto Voerzio and Paolo Scavino to name but two) sell their 2013 Rocche for over five to seven times this price! We also think that this might be the cheapest Rocche dell’Annunziata that money can buy – from any vintage or producer. This is simply because there is no big PR machine in place to promote and distribute the wines (unlike some of Costamagna’s neighbours!)

Fifthly, and most importantly – the quality of the wine itself. This is a fantastic bottle of wine that will provide immediate pleasure but will keep happily for a decade or more. It is extremely true to the nature of wines from Rocche dell’Annunziata – a silky, kirsch-dominated wine with a velvety texture. It is impossible not to love this Barolo!

Minimum Order – One Case (12 bottles or 6 magnums)
This wine will be available for delivery from May 


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“There is a great combination of earthy, savoury notes and crisp cherry fruit on the nose. The palate is gentle and velvety in texture with ripe black cherries and integrated, soft tannins. This has power and depth of fruit but also fresh acidity which lifts the wine and keeps everything in perfect balance. Hard to resist now but will age comfortably for 10+ years.”

17 points, Farr Vintners

“Aromas of earth, mushrooms and dried fruits. This follows through to a medium to full body with soft and velvety tannins, ripe-fruit character and a walnut and light bitter-lemon finish. Very enjoyable already. Drink in 2018.”

93 points, James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com

“La Morra. Just mid ruby with orange tinges. Spice and laurel on the nose with an undertow of cherry. Elegant, supple palate with shy cherry fruit. Burgundy style! Quite gorgeous, if a little shy. Plenty of powdery tannins followed by fragrant, shy fruit.”

17+ points, Walter Speller, JancisRobinson.com