2016 Saffredi, Le Pupille, Tuscany, Italy (Magnum/1.5l)
“Saffredi … is now among the very finest wines being produced anywhere in Italy.” Antonio Galloni
Elisabetta Geppetti and her extraordinarily talented consultant, Luca d’Attoma, are now making a Super Tuscan that has come to define the region. One that is often spoken of in the same breath as Sassicaia, Ornellaia and Tignanello, Saffredi is a fraction of the price of its famous neighbours.
"The 2016 Saffredi brings full-throttled intensity in a very well-balanced wine. The blend of Cabernet Sauvignon (60%), Merlot (30%) and Petit Verdot (10%) spends 18 months in mostly new oak. This vintage is compact, firm and precise, with lovely floral aromas on the bouquet in front of blackberry and plum. Long oak toasting gives the wine tasty notes of spice and cinnamon and rounds the bouquet off nicely. The mouthfeel is soft and velvety. This is a complex, integrated and absolutely beautiful wine." 98 Points, Monica Larner. Drink 2020-2040.
Le Pupille, a winery that has become a synonym for quality and a pioneer of excellence.
Elisabetta Geppetti is a woman of exceptional energy, determination and vision.
She was only 20 years old when, in 1985 she first took the reins at her family’s tiny 2 hectare property near Pereta in the Scansano zone.
It was a time when Tuscan wines were at a low ebb, those of Scansano almost non-existent – and women winemakers were practically unheard of. As a student, Elisabetta believed that this unique region held the key to producing wines with fabulous potential. Her understanding of the land and her love of wine combined with her skill and tenacity are responsible for a stunning range of wines.
The original wine made was Morellino di Scansano which, to this day, remains the mainstay of production. With her steadfast vision, Elisabetta added an international aspect to the estate which manifested itself in the Maremma’s first Super Tuscan, the Cabernet-based Saffredi which was first released in 1989.
Elisabetta is truly an undisputed star of the Italian wine scene having spent 3 decades tirelessly promoting her beloved Morellino di Scansano region and outstanding estate, whilst also finding the time to raise 5 children. A power house of talent and one of Tuscany’s wine royalty, one cannot fail to be enchanted by her superb wines.