G.B. Burlotto

Piedmont, Italy | website

During his seventy-seven years as a winemaker (1850-1927), G.B. Burlotto’s accomplishments were rivaled only by those of Biondi-Santi and Vega Sicilia, as he achieved superstardom in a world dominated by French wines. Today, Burlotto has re-emerged as one of Piemonte’s great small producers, thanks to the brilliant and highly traditional winemaking of G.B.’s great-great-grandson, Fabio Alessandria.

He pioneered selling Barolo in bottle (not cask or demijohn), predating even Giacomo Conterno’s Barolo Monfortino. And as official supplier to the Royal House of Savoy—which once ruled Piemonte—he not only achieved personal fame, he made his village of Verduno as renowned as Serralunga or La Morra.

G.B.’s death in 1927 not only took away Burlotto’s driving force, it also deprived Verduno of its greatest champion. And so both faded into obscurity in the decades that followed. But now, with G.B.’s great-great-grandson Fabio Alessandria as winemaker, Burlotto’s star is again rising, reclaiming its position as one of Piedmont’s great small producers.

“Burlotto's Barolo Monvigliero, the estate's flagship, is the wine that gets the most attention at this small, family-run property, but the other Barolos are just as deserving of serious attention… In keeping with family tradition, the Monvigliero is done with 100% whole clusters. The other Barolos are made along equally classic lines, but with fully destemmed fruit. The explosion of quality here over the last decade or so has been truly remarkable... Today, they are absolutely indispensable for anyone who loves all that Piedmont has to offer, from everyday Pelaverga and Dolcetto all the way up to the Cannubi and Monvigliero.”

From 2012 Barolo: Grace Under Pressure (Mar 2016) by Antonio Galloni, Vinous