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Fattoria Le Pupille Saffredi Toscana Rosso 2021  - First Bottle


99 James Suckling -
Mesmerizing aromas of sandalwood, lavender, sage and currants. Mint and spearmint. Lead pencil shavings. Light coffee bean too. Medium to full body with ultra-fine tannins. It goes on for minutes. 60% cabernet sauvignon, 30% merlot, and 10% petit verdot. So approachable already, but this will age beautifully. Best after 2026 and beyond.
99 Luca Gardini -
The symbolic wine of the house, the first to put the winery and the region 'on the map'. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Petit Verdot, nose of small black fruits, notes of laurel, mint and Mediterranean herbs, taut and dense drink, with salty tannins, closes with a fruity and oily return.
97 Robert Parker's Wine Advocate -
The Fattoria le Pupille 2021 Saffredi is 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot and 10% Petit Verdot that offers seamless integration of dark fruit flavors that bleed directly into spice, Tuscan cigar and earthy iris root. This vintage is compact and firm, especially in terms of mouthfeel, and there are graceful floral tones to close. The winery team has been tweaking the oak regime, landing on 60% to 65% new oak complemented by once-used barrels. They've been working in this manner since 2019 to establish sweet and integrated tannins. Drink 2025-2045 (Mar 2024)

Technical Details

  • Blend60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot and 10% Petit Verdot
  • WinemakerElisabetta Geppetti
  • CountryItaly
  • RegionTuscany
  • AppellationToscana
  • VineyardSaffredi Vineyard
  • OakFrench oak barriques (70% new)
  • Aging/Cooperage18 Months
  • Alcohol15%
  • Production3750 cases

Fattoria Le Pupille Saffredi Toscana Rosso 2021

Bordeaux Blends  |  Italy
JS99, LG99, WA97

29% off retail!

Maremma is a rising-star coastal region on the western edge of Tuscany, only about 20 miles from Montalcino, and extending all the way up into Bolgheri. This might just be the next great star of Italian wine, with significant investment and development from major players like Biondi-Santi, Frescobaldi, Gaja, and even the Lafite-Rothschilds. Fattoria Le Pupille Saffredi is one of Maremma’s OGs – and you can argue that no one does this region better. 99 points is one heck of a statement, and this Super-Tuscan style red doesn’t disappoint!

We’ve been on a bit of a kick exploring the lesser-known Maremma region as of late, so when this arrived, we popped a bottle! Plush, layered, complex, and sure to age gracefully over the next two decades plus! A great one to have in magnum, too, so we’re stoked to have 15 magnums to share, as well! But a little background here to start – Elisabetta Geppetti is the matriarch and superstar of this house...a visionary winemaker who was inextricably drawn to the land of Maremma, and well ahead of her time when she planted Bordeaux varietals here all the way back in the early 1980s, in what was once considered a forgotten wasteland of Tuscany. Seriously, I’m not being hyperbolic – since the times of Dante, Maremma has been mocked and bedraggled as a land of pestilence and pirates, swamps, foul beasts, and rogue cowboys.

Today, and oddly enough, thanks to the efforts of the tyrant Mussolini – who set about draining the swamps (literally) of Maremma – the region’s potential for agriculture and infrastructure has flourished, and the modern era of Maremma wine is underway. This is quintessentially expressed by Saffredi – a 5-hectare vineyard set on nutrient-poor, calcareous, silty soils that serve as a perfect home for Bordeaux varietals. The first Saffredi wine was crafted by Elisabetta in 1987, and the region has never looked back. Following in the footsteps of Bolhgheri’s Sassicaia – this cabernet dominant wine showcases the potential of grapes beyond sangiovese, made in a luscious and modern style that has resonated with a whole slew of international wine lovers.

The 2021 release boasts a mix of some 60% cabernet sauvignon, alongside 30% merlot and 10% petit verdot – all aged for 18 months in French oak barriques, 70% new. This is a flashy and immediately seductive wine – with aromas of Tahitian vanilla, graphite, black plums, sandalwood, and smoldering sage. Giving and textured in the mouth, with currants, black cherries, crumbled rocks, and toasted walnuts – this is a complete and full-bodied gem that reveals a whole lot now...and yet whispers at a greater depth and complexity to come. My two cents – grab a magnum while you can, plus a few 750s to help you gauge the best time to open it! No matter how you shake it, this is a must-have Tuscan for your collection!

PAIRING IDEAS: This is a great fit for some Vietnamese “shaking beef” (BÒ LÚC L?C) – the texture, the spiced elements, the savoriness...just an ideal match to make this croon!

About the Producer

Fattoria Le Pupille Saffredi, located in the picturesque coastal region of Maremma in Tuscany, Italy, has a captivating history that traces back to the late 1970s. Founded by Elisabetta Geppetti, a visionary winemaker with a deep passion for the land and its potential, Le Pupille quickly became a symbol of innovation and quality in Tuscan winemaking. Geppetti's pioneering spirit led her to plant Bordeaux grape varieties in Maremma's warm and sunny climate, defying tradition and creating wines that garnered international acclaim. However, it was the creation of Saffredi, a groundbreaking Super Tuscan blend, in 1987 that truly elevated Le Pupille to prominence. Saffredi captured the essence of Maremma's terroir, showcasing the richness and complexity of the region's unique soils. Today, Fattoria Le Pupille Saffredi continues to thrive under the guidance of Elisabetta Geppetti and her family, producing wines that embody the spirit of innovation and excellence that has defined the estate since its inception.