2018 Fattoria Le Pupille 'Saffredi' Maremma Toscana

  • 97 Point Super Tuscan
  • "The Most Refined Saffredi" ~Vinous Media
  • 3x 96+ Scores
  • Pioneering Winery of Maremma
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About the Wine 

Fattoria Le Pupille takes advantage of a unique growing area in the southern reaches of Tuscany. This growing site is regularly cooled by a cool breeze that rolls off the Mediterranean. This bottle shows all the potential that a cooler climate Cabernet-based wine can achieve. 

Le Pupille is a reference to the estates that lie on the property, they have been referred to as the pupils since first being built. Today these two buildings have their backs turned to the medieval village Pereta. For long years there were no vineyards in the area, but cork oaks, wheat, Mediterranean woods, the most classical scenery of a Maremma landscape of former days. It was Fattoria Le Pupille under the guidance of Elisabetta Geppetti that had the forethought and dedication to express this terroir to its fullest potential. 

Elisabetta Geppetti has given her life to bring forth a dream, thanks to her tenacious character and the enthusiasm of her youth, which are now, after 30 years, the traits that characterize her best. It is also thanks to her entrepreneurial ability, which has allowed her to build one of the most important wineries in Tuscany. They call her the Lady of Morellino and the Ambassador of Maremma. She has been the first woman to be the president of a consortium in 1992, the year of the foundation of the Morellino di Scansano Consortium. The german headliner Der Feinschmecker proclaimed her ‘Wine-maker of the year’ a few years back. 

Aging: 18 months in new barriques

Tasting Notes60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 10% Petit Verdot. Deep ruby color with purple reflections. It shows pronounced flavors of black fruits like blackcurrant and black cherry along with spicy aromas of cloves, cinnamon, and licorice. The palate has a generous velvety texture with round tannins and a return of the fruit for a long and persistent finish. 


A fantastic nose to this with currant, sage, rosemary, and rose-petal character. Sweet tobacco and spicy chocolate, too. Very complex. The palate shows lovely depth of fruit with blackberries, blackcurrants, and fine tannins. It’s racy and refined with a direct, focused palate. Just a baby. ~97 James Suckling

The 2018 Saffredi is a regal, elegant, supremely polished wine. It may very well be the most refined Saffredi I have ever tasted. Silky in its first impression, with striking aromatic presence and exceptional balance, the 2018 is a total knock-out. Sweet red cherry, plum, mocha, licorice, and cinnamon accents develop over time, but it is the wine’s overall balance and poise that are so impressive today. The 2018 is an absolutely gorgeous Saffredi. It spent 20 months in French oak barrels, about 65% new. Don’t miss it. ~96+ Vinous Media

The Fattoria le Pupille 2018 Saffredi borrows quite a bit from all of the grapes that make up the blend (Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Petit Verdot). These balanced results open to a round bouquet of dark fruit, black cherry, and plum. As the wine warms in the glass, it shows spice, cured tobacco, and campfire embers. This is a full-bodied expression, but not excessively so. It puts forth immediate elegance with carefully measured tannins and a fitting postscript of fresh acidity. This newest vintage of Saffredi should be hitting the market now, but if you buy it, you should plan on cellaring it. ~96 Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

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