Le Pupille Saffredi 2012 was the impact wine of the year in 2015. Suckling originally awarded it 98-100 points, when we released it for £195 per case of six bottles. It was then scored a perfect 100 points and today it trades at £360 per case. Saffredi’s global cachet has never been higher, nor its quality, so now is the time to stock the cellar, before prices catch up to perceived value.
The 2013 vintage in Tuscany has been long awaited, since the murmurings began that it will potentially surpass the mighty 2010 and 2007 vintages. Antonio Gallloni originally scored the 2012 Saffredi 92-94 points from barrel, later awarding it 94+ from bottle. Galloni has already scored the 2013 Saffredi 92-95 from barrel. Monica Larner awarded Saffredi 2012 95 points, the 2010 96 points and is already vociferous about the superb quality of the 2013 vintage. As such we can expect a superb score from the Wine Advocate and another potential perfect score from James Suckling.
The 2012 Saffredi is completely sold out across Europe and we posit that the 2013 is even better. With a production of only 2,500 cases the 2013 Saffredi is a no-brainer. At £195 per per case of six the 2013 looks superb value when compared to similar high quality vintages.
Saffredi had until last year flown largely under the radar, despite being awarded 96 points in 2004, 2006 and 2010, from the Wine Advocate and 95 in 2012, putting it on par with Sassicaia and friends, incredible scores for a wine that cost less than £200 per case of six on release.
A brief history of an Estate on its Rise to Stardom
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. We have noted over the last two years that 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. However, 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.
92-95 pts Antonio Galloni, Vinous Media
The 2013 Saffredi wraps around the palate with remarkable depth and intensity. Graphite, smoke, wild flowers, black cherries and plums meld together in a powerful, resonant wine built on intensity. The 2013 has a real sense of gravitas, with dark shades of fruit, expressive balsamic-inflected overtones and plenty of nuance. 2018 – 2033
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