NV Bruno Giacosa Asili and Rabajà
La Brasserie, NYC, 3/28/2023

This Nebbiolo group (formed through the Vinous forum) met at La Brasserie (411 Park Avenue South in NYC) to taste Bruno Giacosa Barbarescos labeled as Asili or Rabajà from 1996 through 2005. During this period these wines came from two distinct parcels, both of which would later be officially declared to be Asili, so that Giacosa could not use the name Rabajà beginning with the 2007 vintage. For more on this, see this page on my website.

The food and service at La Brasserie were excellent. Within a month of our dinner, La Brasserie rebranded itself as Chez Francis Brasserie. The space that this restaurant occupies, was once occupied by Brasserie Les Halles where Anthony Bourdain was executive chef starting in 1998. Brasserie Les Halles closed in 2016. In 2019, Francis Staub, founder of the Staub Cookware company, reopened this space as La Brasserie. He changed the menu substantially, but kept the Steak with home-made Frites (which I had as my main course) in honor of Bourdain.

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Flight 1: Giacosa Rabajà
Charcuterie & Fromage Board Pick 7: Saucisson de Lyon, Duck & Fig Pate, Rilette de Porc, P√Ęte de Champagne, Chicken Liver Mousse, Saucisson Sec, and Jambon Bayonne:
Mikhail passes the boarded of yummies!
Flight 2: Giacosa Asili Riserva
Tarte Champignon: Puff pastry, Mushroom Duxelle, Parmesan, Truffle Oil:
This was delicious and great with the wines.
Flight 3: Giacosa Asili
Steak Frites: Bavette, Homemade French Fries, Water Cress:
This hommage to Anthony Bourdain was delicious and great with the wines.

People Pix

These two gentlemen were at the next table. The man on the left is the General Manager of Château de la Chaize in Brouilly. The man on the right is Monsieur Touton. Literally, he is Guillaume Touton. He started importing wine when he was 27. He founded Monsieur Touton Selection, Ltd in the 1980s. This company is an importer and a distibutor. In particular, they distribute Giacosa for Folio in many states including NY.

Mikhail, Josh, Iggy, Brad:
Marc and Ben on my side of the table:
Serious wine discussion:


A terrific set of wonderful wines and lovely evening with friends.

All the Giacosa wines:
Photo by Mikhail Lipyanskiy.

My tasting notes posted from CellarTracker.


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