Fattoria Le Pupille Saffredi has been one of the globes leading wines since 2011, with a sequence of scores which surpass the First Growths and leading Cult Californians. James Suckling adorned the 2011 with 95 points, the 2012 with a perfect 100 points, the 2013 with 98 points and the forthcoming, not to be released for a year, 2015 with 98-99 points. Saffredi is a wine he calls ‘A must-buy for Super Tuscan lovers.’ These scores have been mirrored by the Wine Advocate, with it receiving 96 points in 2010, 93 in 2011 and 95 in 2012. Today we are delighted to offer the newest release, the 2014, for the incredible price of £245 in bond per case of six bottles. The 2014 is yet to be scored by any critic, but our advice is to buy it, at £40 per bottle this wine is magnificent, however there is little available; just 2,500 cases were made, at this price point that does not go far. Don’t be surprised if Saffredi is one of the highest scoring wines in Italy in 2014, it is tasting beautifully, another triumph for Fattoria Le Pupille.
The 2014 vintage in Tuscany saw a mild winter, a cool spring and then an exceptionally hot period which caused an early budbreak and a resultant generous fruit set. However, the growing period was prolonged due to cool weather and sporadic hailstorms in July and August. Once again an extraordinarily dry September and October flipped the vintage from a poor one to what is an unpredictably good one. The 2014 vintage is bookmarked between the 2012, 2013 and 2015 and provides a drinking option, with the wine more overt and expressive than the bigger aforementioned vintages that require more bottle age. That said the 2014 will age an improve for a decade and it is excellent in its own right. The 2014 is a wine to collect, it is a truly exceptional and one of the most sought after globally, perennially selling out shortly after release: the 2012 and 2013 are completely sold out across Europe!
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. Maremma is sited just south of Bolgheri located just south of Bolgheri, 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 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 Sommer, who up until 1999 was the Oenologist 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 and 2014, which are stretching the qualitative limits of the Estate.
We have a limited amount of cases available to offer today, including several exciting larger formats. We expect it to sell out quickly, such is the growing and vibrant global demand. Don’t miss out!
Fattoria Le Pupille Saffredi 2014, 6×75 – £245 IB
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