2018 Tesseron Estate Pym-Rae

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Type of Wine Red
Country USA
Region Californie
Appellation Napa Valley
Winery Tesseron Estate
Vintage 2018
Grape Cabernet Sauvignon Malbec Merlot Petit Verdot
Content (Alc) 0.75 ltr (14%)
Drink window 2023 - 2052
Available as of Nov 22, 2022
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Alfred Tesseron (of Château Pontet-Canet in Pauillac, Bordeaux) was looking for a special terroir outside Bordeaux to work with. He went looking for a place where the grape varieties he was familiar with from Bordeaux and then specifically to a place where these grapes were at their best. He found that spot in the originally volcanic and 500 meter high Mt. Veeder in Napa Valley. Tesseron came across the 29-year-old vineyard of actor Robin Williams, who had died two years earlier. Tesseron bought the vineyard in 2016 and named the project Pym Rae: the name Williams gave the vineyard, after the names of his children. Williams had never made wine from this vineyard, but Tesseron saw the great potential. The vineyard is now worked in the same biodynamic way as at Château Pontet-Canet and with the same precision and dedication.

The Tesseron Estate Pym-Rae is a blend of mainly Cabernet Sauvignon supplemented with Merlot and Cabernet Franc. In the glass, this Napa top has a deep garnet purple color and reveals wonderfully fragrant notes of candied violets, withered roses, damp earth and black tea over a core of red and black currants, black cherries and warm blackberries plus a hint of cigar box and camphorsuckle. Medium to full on the palate with a rock-solid structure of fruit, fine-grained tannins that beautifully support the elegant red and black fruit layers and finish very long and very perfumed.

GOOD FACT: In the Appendix tab you will find a lot of extra information about this famous winery, including the fact sheet


• Owned by the Tesseron family (Château Pontet Canet)
• Formerly owned by the late Robin Williams
• Located in Mount Veeder, one of the coolest wineries in Napa Valley
• Volcanic land with limestone and sedimentary rocks
• Much lower yields than the average Napa Vineyards
• Dry farming & Demeter certification
• Annual production is less than 15,000 bottles
• Unique packaging: a box of 3 to collect, illustrating the sky over Pym-Rae's vineyard on the first day of harvest
• 2018 is an iconic vintage

Vineyard for 2018 Tesseron Estate Pym-Rae

The 2016 is the first harvest from this estate following the purchase of the old Robin Williams vineyard by Chateau Pontet-Canet owner Alfred Tesseron in 2016. The estate includes just under 20 hectares of mature Cabernet Sauvignon (75%), Merlot (18 %) and Cabernet Franc (7 %) vines, planted in 1990. Now officially called "Pym-Rae", respecting the original name given to the vineyard by Robin Williams (Pym and Rae are the middle names of two of Williams' children). The vineyards are elevated at an average elevation of 500 meters on Mount Veeder.

For a family that owns vineyards of exceptional quality such as Pontet-|Canet, a place with great reputation and potential was necessary. An obvious choice was Napa in California. But not just anywhere in the valley. The generous nature of the climate had to be moderated by locally cool conditions: this meant a high altitude vineyard. To produce deep and balanced wines, sedimentary soils were needed with historical marine deposits that developed gradually over millions of years. The Mount Veeder region took care of all this. The vineyard had to be planted with Bordeaux varieties, the same ones the family had experience with in Pontet-Canet. Finally, the vines had to be mature, as only older plants have developed a deep root system, allowing them to extract the purest expression and minerality of the terroir, yielding full-bodied and complex wines. It's not the easiest land to farm, as certain areas are steep and steep, resulting in only a modest grape harvest. It is a remote location, like an island of nature, in the middle of nowhere. All this explains the exclusvity of Teseron Estate and the Pym-Rae already belongs to the absolute world top.

More Information
Available as of Nov 22, 2022
Type of Wine Red
Country USA
Region Californie
Appellation Napa Valley
Winery Tesseron Estate
Grape Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Merlot, Petit Verdot
Biological certified No
Natural wine No
Vegan No
Vintage 2018
Drinking as of 2023
Drinking till 2052
Alcohol % 14
Alcohol free/low No
Content 0.75 ltr
Oak aging Yes
Sparkling No
Dessert wine No
Closure Cork
Parker rating 99
James Suckling rating 97
Tasting Profiles Complex, Dark fruit, Dry, Aged on wood, Powerful, Tannines, Full
Drink moments Indruk maken, Lekker luxe
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