‘Le Pupille Toscana Saffredi. I scored this fabulously balanced red 100 points, and it shows such mesmerizing harmony and intensity….A must-buy for Super Tuscan lovers.’ James Suckling
This morning James Suckling released his new 2012 and 2013 Super Tuscan report. He awarded one wine a perfect 100 points, however this is not Masseto, Sassicaia, Ornellaia or Redigaffi, but Fattoria Le Pupille Saffredi 2012, marking it up from his previous 98 points. We previously released this in February and it sold out, however following the re-score we have secured another parcel of 40 cases which we can offer today at our original release price of £195 per case of six. We can also offer 20 single Magnums (in original wooden casing) at £70 per Magnum. With a Price Over Points Ratio of 19.5 and a price of £32.50 per bottle, this is the lowest priced 100 point wine on the market which will sell out across Europe.
Fattoria Le Pupille Saffredi has, for the last twenty years, been a wine for those in the know. However, it is not just James Suckling who rates it among the leading Super -Tuscans: Antonio Galloni and Monica Larner have regularly awarded it 96 points. The perfect score in 2012 makes this a no-brainer and in Suckling’s words: ‘It’s a wine that begs you to drink it now but will continue to satisfy and amaze for years ahead. The cabernet sauvignon, merlot and petit verdot blend comes from a single vineyard on the hillside of the Tuscan coast near the city of Grosseto in an area better know for the pedestrian morellino di scansano, but this is a red that is noble in every sense of the word.’
A brief history of an Estate on its Rise to Stardom
Scansano, the capital of Morellino, is an area in Maremma with a noble pedigree in winemaking. Scansano itself is located just south of the large town of Grosseto and benefits greatly from the combination of altitude – the vineyards are located 280 metres above sea level – and the welcome breeze of the Tyrrhenian Sea. We have noted over the last two years that Maremma is a wine region to watch, located just south of Bolgheri, it benefits from similar terroir and climatic aspects; Italy’s leading winemakers are investing heavily here. However, in the mid-1980s Elisabetta Geppetti made this region famous, with her Estate Le Pupille, which is named after twin hills found around the original six hectares of vineyard. Still in her twenties Geppetti took the world of wine by storm in the guise of her greatest wine, Saffredi, so named to honour her mentor and father-in-law, ‘Fredi’, who previously owned the estate. Saffredi, which started life as an 100% Cabernet Sauvignon, quickly established Geppetti as a winemaking genius and attracted the father of Italy’s Super Tuscan wines, Giacomo Tachis, who began working with Geppetti.
The first vintage was bottled in 1987 and was an immediate success when it was released to market in 1990. Since then, Geppetti has worked hard to increase production in order to meet the heavy international demand, rising from 9,000 bottles to 30,000, yet this still represents a meagre 2,500 cases, not nearly enough! The vineyard covers four hectares, with a south-eastern exposure, the Merlot vines face northwest; the soil is rich in chalk and ancient skeletal matter. The wine today sees a high percentage of new oak, 80% and 20% in second usage barriques, where it ages for 20 months.
Since the heady days of 100% Cabernet Sauvignon the wine’s composition has changed, in 1993 Merlot was introduced, the blend this year is made up of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot and 10% Petit Verdot, although this changes every vintage to reflect the very best possible blend, sometimes including Syrah. From 2000 until 2011 the Estate boasted the famous Oenologist, Christian Le Sommer, who up until 1999 was the Oenologist at Chateau Latour. In 2011, Le Sommer handed over the reins to Luca D’Attoma, who has already reached new heights with the wonderful perfect scoring 2012 vintage.
Fattoria Le Pupille Saffredi 2012, 6×75 – £195 EP or £248.76 incl VAT and duty
Magnums 1×150 – £70 IB
A phenomenal Saffredi with so much structure and length. It’s full-bodied yet remaines agile and lively. Aromas and flavors of currants, mint and wet earth. Full-bodied, chewy and powerful. A blend of cabernet sauvignon, merlot and petit verdot. This has a special label celebrating the 25th anniversary of the production of this wine. It’s the greatest Saffredi ever, cementing its reputation as the Lafite of Tuscany. This needs at least five years in bottle but it’s entrancing to drink now. A must-buy for Super Tuscan lovers.