Fattoria Le Pupille Saffredi needs little introduction, since over the last five years it has been awarded some of the highest scores of any Italian wine; the 2013 was awarded 98 points from the Wine Advocate and the 2012 100 points from James Suckling, thereon doubling in value. However, Saffredi produce another wine, which has flown under the radar until recently, when it received a stunning 95+ points from Monica Larner, that wine is Fattoria Le Pupille Poggio Valente.
The 2013 vintage in Tuscany produced many brilliant wines, however, very few with a score of 95+ and certainly not at Fattoria Le Pupille Poggio Valente price point which is £120 per case of six. We consider Tignanello exceptional value for money with 96 points, yet Poggio Valente is half the price. In fact, with a score of 95+ and a price of £20 a bottle, Poggio Valente has a Price Over Points Ratio of 15.5, truly remarkable, one of the lowest we have ever seen, anywhere. The value ratio makes it enormously compelling, for in Monica Larner’s view, it is a wine that should by its POP ratio cost £50-70 a bottle! With several years already in bottle, this will drink beautifully now but can age for over a decade or more.
Poggio Valente is a different vineyard than that of Saffredi but they both stem from the same genius of Lady of Morellino. Indeed, Elisabetta Geppetti enabled this wine to root itself as an indispensable addition to the Le Pupille’s prestigious collection when she acquired a vineyard called “Poggio Valente” nearby Pereta in 1996. Pereta founds itself just south of Scansano which is home to the famous Saffredi Vineyard. Just like its big brother, Poggio Valenta is in the Maremma wine region 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. 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.
Labelled as IGT Toscana Rosso, Poggio Valente saw its first vintage in 1997 and has now become Le Pupille’s leading 100% Sangiovese wine which rivals with some of the best Sangiovese from Brunello de Montalcino. It can boast of 14 hectares with a soil predominantly sandy rich of stones and sandstones with an ideal south-east exposure.
95+ points Monica Larner, The Wine Advocate
The 2013 Morellino di Scansano Riserva Poggio Valente is a breakthrough wine for Fattoria le Pupille and its talented winemaking team. This is a complete and balanced expression that shows its best side to all the senses: its appearance is richly saturated and bright; the bouquet is intense and complex; and the mouthfeel shows elegance and power. In all, this wine tastes and feels much younger than it really is and I have high hopes for its future aging ability. It shows a great sense of inner energy and liveliness that makes it a pleasure to drink in the near term as well. Soft flavors of black cherry, spice and grilled herb wrap thickly over the palate.
94 points, James Suckling
A fascinating pure sangiovese with gorgeous blackberry and fresh mushroom character. Hints of spices. Full body yet bright and refined with a velvety tannin structure. Lovely complexity and savory character. Drink now.
Fattoria Le Pupille Poggio Valente 2013, 6×75 – £120 IB
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