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Saffredi is a classic Bordeaux blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, and 10% Petit Verdot. It is aged for 18 months in 75% new French oak and bottled without filtration, resulting in a powerful and concentrated wine, reminiscent of classified growth Pauillac. Elisabetta Geppetti and her former husband took over this small estate from her family in 1995, The legendary Giacomo Tachis, pioneering winemaker at Antinori, had been appointed as consultant seven years before. Tachis encouraged Elisabetta to produce the first vintage of Saffredi in 1987. It is sourced from a six-hectare vineyard planted to mostly Cabernet and Merlot, although the first vintages used Cabernet from vines grafted onto existing Sangiovese rootstocks in one of the family’s original vineyards. The property has gradually expanded, and today has 75 hectares of vineyards dispersed across five sites on mostly stony clay-limestone soils. Sea breezes from the shore, only 10 kilometres away, temper the baking summer temperatures.