2019 Fattoria le Pupille Poggio Argentato
This delicious fresh white wine from Fattoria Le Pupille called Poggio Argentato. The wine is a blend of 60% Sauvignon Blanc, 15% Traminer, 15% Petit Manseng and 10% Semillon. In the glass, the Pupille has a straw-yellow color. In the nose you immediately notice the rich bouquet of white flowers such as hawthorn and acacia. The taste is soft, but supported by good acidity and juiciness. A rich, mineral wine with a French twist, the firm structure, originating from the Maremma territory, is offset by the acidity and elegance of northern vines.
The vineyards are located on a soil rich in clay and iron with a strong gravel component of sandstone. The Grapes come from vineyard Pian di Fiora (Pereta) and San Vittorio (Scansano), located at 200-250 meters above sea level, South-East oriented. On average 4500 to 6500 plants per hectare.
After picking, the grapes are first cooled and then softly pressed with skin soaking for 3 hours at low temperatures (16°C) in stainless steel tanks, followed by pressing. Alcoholic fermentation and spontaneous malolactic fermentation only for 1/3rd of the mass. Aging for 5 months in steel barrels, except for the Petit Manseng, which ferments and matures in new 500 liter barrels. The Poggio Argentato is perfect as an aperitif, with shellfish, raw fish, white meat and fresh cheeses, as well as with vegetable starters.
90/100 James Suckling
World famous in Tuscany: the visionary Elisabetta Geppetti. With Fattoria Le Pupille she put Maremma on the map. She makes wines with the highest possible scores, never finished, never finished Geppetti goes for the very best. With her icon wine the Saffredi in the lead.
An eye for detail and extreme dedication from both Geppetti and famous winemaker Luca D'Attoma ensure a wine of this caliber. 30-year-old cabernet sauvignon and merlot vines, growing at an altitude of 250 meters, provide highly concentrated late-harvested grapes. The poor sandy soils make it so difficult for the sticks that there is only quality in the grapes. After the fermentation, it ripens for 18 months on small (75% new) barriques and a few months in the bottle.
Together, the nature and perfectionism of the Geppetti / D'Attoma duo ensure not only a top wine, but an icon with character. While there is no sangiovese in it, you can smell the typical Tuscan scents of dried red cherries, thyme, tobacco, graphite and flowers. All very precisely and delicately recognizable. On the palate intensity like a great Burgundy: a lot of taste, refinement, full and yet airy and elegant.
Le Pupille traditionally consists of two farms that, like outward looking pupils (eyes), could protect the village behind Pereta. From the beginning, passion for top wine was clear. The first harvest year only came on the market four years after the harvest and the 'godfather of the Super Tuscans' Giacomo Tachis (Sassicaia, Ornellaia etc.) was appointed as an advisory oenologist. Elisabetta Geppetti already knew as a child that wine was going to be the ambassador of the beautiful Maremma.
After the death of Tachis, Luca d'Attoma, known from the cult domain Tua Rita, was hired as an advisory winemaker and that is bearing fruit. Where Le Pupille has always been good, it has impressed in recent years with wines that are close to the ultimate score. Now affordable, in a few years you want that you had purchased several boxes for the current prices.
|Type of Wine||White|
|Winery||Fattoria le Pupille|
|Grape||Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot|
|Drinking as of||2021|
|James Suckling rating||91|
|Tasting Profiles||Aromatic, Dry, Fruity, Powerful, Spicy, Lightly sweet, Rich, Round, Full, White fruit|
|Drink moments||Borrelen, Met vrienden, Voor alledag|