Giacomo Conterno Barolo Riserva Monfortino 1970-2006 from Magnum

Since 1970, Giacomo Conterno has bottled just eighteen vintages of their flagship Barolo Riserva Monfortino in magnum. We opened them all at this epic vertical tasting and dinner in London.

I have always been attracted to the historical context behind the world’s great wines. A few years ago, we began hosting a series of events designed to explore and better understand the rich cultural fabric that informs those wines. In 2011, we tasted every vintage of Masseto, which at the time was the most comprehensive vertical of that wine ever staged. Last year we organized a complete vertical of Solaia, the first time all 26 vintages had been tasted together. In both of those instances, the tastings yielded a wide range of insights that would have been impossible to gain otherwise.

Head Sommelier Arnaud Bardary double decants the 1982 Monfortino.