2016 Giacomo Conterno Barolo Francia

Posted by Ian McFadden

Over the years, we've learned to chase down the Francia in vintages when Monfortino isn't produced.

Francia is always a stunning wine. However, in these years, it reaches a level of nuance and ageability that's truly remarkable. The 2016 Francia drives this point home.

photo of bottle of Conterno Francia

The 2016 Barolo is a dream brew of depth, verve, and clarity. It’s one of the rare times where the wines possess the concentration of a ripe vintage along with the elegance and precision associated with cooler years.

As you'd expect, the 2016 Francia is striking. It isn't shy in the power department but also struts the breeding and finesse. The grandeur and architecture of the wine is amazing.

Francia is one of Piedmont's great wines. Even by this standard, the 2016 has a complexity, structure, and extra presence that makes it stand out.

The Barolo Francia comes from one of Serralunga’s top sites, a commune renowned for the density, texture, and heft of its wines. The 2016 Francia shows this is Serralunga at its best. 

Conterno's 2016 Francia is a wine of indescribable class. It makes it clear that many of the best grapes (that would have otherwise gone into Conterno's flagship bottling) went into the Francia instead. It's nice to see one of the world's best winemakers hitting the bullseye. 

To order, email offers@crushwineco.com or call the store at (212) 980-9463.

Ian McFadden
Director, Fine & Rare Wine
Crush Wine & Spirits

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Antonio Galloni, Vinous Media: "Conterno’s 2016 Barolo Francia is effusive, with a real sense of expansiveness that gives the wine breadth. Sage, mint, cedar, tobacco and strong mineral accents complement a core of dark fruit in a Barolo of real gravitas. Just bottled a few months ago, the 2016 is going through a very rare period of approachability (in relative terms). It will almost certainly shut down within the next few months. Readers who are curious will want to taste it before that happens. In 2016, Roberto Conterno did not bottle his flagship Monfortino, all the casks were blended for the Barolo Francia."