The vineyard: in 2013 after long and complicate negotiations with one of our neighbours at Le Chiese vineyard we agreed to cede to him the right to buy a 1,6 ha plot of another neighbour at Le Chiese and for that he helped us sign a long term rental agreement with his neighbour in Bussia Sottana for a 1,2 ha plot. Both plots needed to be replanted so there was also an oral agreement that until our newly replanted Bussia starts to give Barolo fruit the land owner would sell us some Bussia grapes from his other vineyards in the same subzone. Which he did in 2013;
The vintage: 2013 is considered a «classical» vintage, characterized by a slow vegetation cycle with no extreme temperatures or water deficit or excess. An abundant though late vintage. It was not a «happy vintage» though for our two Barolo crus - both winegrowers that we were buying the Nebbiolo from died (one - in a tractor accident and the other, the Bussia one, from age). The Bussia heirs discontinued our oral agreement so both 2013 crus remain in La Biòca’s history as «one time wine».
The wine: only 2/3 of the barrels met the high Barolo cru standarts, introduced by our new consultant, the internationally acknowledged oenologist Franco Bernabei.
The label: represents the hand drawn map of our 1,2 ha plot in Bussia. The cru is enormous but due to its unofficial «1er grand cru status» all grapes are contracted until the last berry. We couldn’t buy Bussia Nebbiolo neither in 2014 nor in 2015, so we produced Monvigliero instead. In 2016 our vineyard gave its first harvest, of exceptional quality, but it will be released under Langhe Nebbiolo until 2023. A limited quantity of bottles was released to the market under the Bissia label (the name of the cru in Piedmontese language) but we decided to abandon it in order to avoid ambiguity and stick to the Italian name.