We visited the tiny hamlet of Santa Maria just below La Morra to taste at this winery, the tiniest imaginable: Azienda Agricola Cristian Boffa. We discovered the estate – surely the ultimate garagiste/garagista producer in Barolo – during an elaborate battle with the GPS system. It was such a small and unprepossessing place it was practically camouflaged! A minor clutter of small farm outbuildings and mish-mash of agricultural machinery and scrubland backyard could not quite prepare us for the surprise and delight of the wines made within these humble surroundings. They are those of a shy, modest yet thoughtful winemaker at the top of his game. This tiny ‘tardis’ of a cellar, despite appearances, harbours the finest Slavonian large oak botte from Garbellotto and Gamba and stainless Innox as you would find in all the salubrious addresses.

At heart, it is the expertise, vineyard work and pedigree of the winemaker that counts – not any palatial setting. And pretty soon we were engaged in a sing-song with the family in their front room after tasting through half a dozen quite brilliant wines, all of which offer spectacular value. We had just driven over from a very famous producer in Barbaresco (clue: 4 letters beginning with ‘G’…) But the sheer joie de vivre and haunting complexity in the Boffa wines just brought much more joy at a fraction of the price. No wonder we were practically dancing with Cristian’s mum Marilena after contributing our own wobbly version of ‘Volare’ to proceedings!

The wines are worthy of all that joy, overperforming by about 2 or 3 times their sale value. Cristian fashions beautiful wines in a fragrant, traditional style and has forged his own path, not unlike the developments in Burgundy these days with its generation of young bucks. By taking control of the family vineyards he is creating his own renown. The savvier locals are now whispering his name and the critic Galloni has referred to the previous vintages of his Barolo in glowing terms ‘a very beautiful wine especially succulent and inviting… I loved it ‘ he says of the 2017 and he goes further in the deeply unfashionable 2018 vintage. ‘Barolo del Comune di La Morra is absolutely exquisite…seriously impressive…striking complexity and uncommon depth, at this level, or any level, for that matter.’

Why we love Boffa wines

Boffa’s wines come from one of the great communes beside the great epicentre of Barolo itself: La Morra. Here, young Cristian fashions beautiful wines in a fragrant, haunting style, not unlike that of his friend/mentor Luigi Oddero.

We think he’s the next big thing in the region. The quality of his wines could easily justify asking prices two or three times the current level. Something magical is happening in this hidden hamlet beside iconic La Morra, so this is the perfect time to discover Cristian Boffa.

Please find below the Boffa wines we are currently offering

Orders can be placed directly on the site or by making contact with the team. Offers subject to remaining unsold E&OE.30/05/2024

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Cristian Boffa, Dolcetto d'Alba
2022
1x75cl
DP
£12.46exc. UK VAT
Immediate
-
5
Max: 5
Min: 1
Step: 1
Cristian Boffa, Langhe, Nebbiolo
2020
1x75cl
DP
£16.84exc. UK VAT
Immediate
-
4
Max: 4
Min: 1
Step: 1
Cristian Boffa, Barolo, Comune di La Morra
2018
1x75cl
DP
£25.00exc. UK VAT
Immediate
93 VM
9
Max: 9
Min: 1
Step: 1
New Cristian Boffa, Barolo, Capalot
2018
1x75cl
DP
£28.67exc. UK VAT
Immediate
91 VM
6
Max: 6
Min: 1
Step: 1
Cristian Boffa, Barolo, Capalot
2019
1x75cl
DP
£29.13exc. UK VAT
Immediate
-
3
Max: 3
Min: 1
Step: 1
New Cristian Boffa, Langhe, Nebbiolo
2021
6x75cl
IB
£85.00exc. UK Duty & VAT
Future Arrival
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10
Max: 10
Min: 1
Step: 1
2019
6x75cl
IB
£132.00exc. UK Duty & VAT
Immediate
-
21
Max: 21
Min: 1
Step: 1
2018
6x75cl
IB
£132.00exc. UK Duty & VAT
Immediate
93 VM
8
Max: 8
Min: 1
Step: 1
2019
6x75cl
IB
£156.00exc. UK Duty & VAT
Immediate
-
3
Max: 3
Min: 1
Step: 1
2018
6x75cl
IB
£156.00exc. UK Duty & VAT
Immediate
91 VM
4
Max: 4
Min: 1
Step: 1