This morning we are pleased to release the newest vintage of what has been the breakout rising star of Tuscany in recent years, Pupille Saffredi 2018. The 2018 vintage in Tuscany has begun establishing itself with quite brilliant scores and a reputation for being gracious and pleasurable, with great purity of fruit, elegance and freshness; the region at its very best. Pupille Saffredi have produced another captivating wine, already scored 97 points from James Suckling who describes it as having A fantastic nose to this with currant, sage, rosemary and rose-petal character. Sweet tobacco and spicy chocolate, too. Very complex’. It remains untasted by the other leading critics, but it is a solid favourite of theirs and 2018 will reflect this with another stellar score.  Pupille Saffredi has become a must-buy perennial favourite of Italian wine lovers. As we predicted the price has risen significantly since their break-out 2012 vintage, the average price for the last 15 vintages has increased 40% over the last four years. It is a Super Tuscan thoroughbred, the 2018 is a blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot 32% and Petite Verdot 8%; a continuing reflection of their style: a Grand Cru Pauillac grown in the Tuscan sun, it is adored by wine lovers and is released today at £360 per case of six in bond.

 

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 the welcome breeze of the Tyrrhenian Sea and altitude where the vineyards are located 280 metres above sea level. Maremma is sited just south of Bolgheri, where it benefits from similar terroir and climatic aspects. 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 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 to 30,000 bottles, 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 Sommer, who up until 1999 was at Chateau Latour. In 2011, Sommer handed over the reins to Luca D’Attoma, who has already reached new heights with the wonderful perfect scoring 2012 vintage, the 2013, the 2014, 2015 and 2016, stretching the qualitative limits of the Estate, with the 2018 certainly expected to join these banner vintages.

 

We have a limited amount of cases available to offer today, including single magnums packed in their own case priced at £135 in bond, along with double magnums, priced at £285.