2019 Tesseron Estate Pym-Rae

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Type of Wine Red
Country USA
Region Californie
Appellation Napa Valley
Winery Tesseron Estate
Vintage 2019
Grape Cabernet Franc Cabernet Sauvignon Malbec Merlot
Content (Alc) 0.75 ltr (14%)
Drink window 2024 - 2054
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Alfred Tesseron (from 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 specifically for a place where these grapes were at their best. He found that place 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 had given the vineyard, named after the (pet) names of his children. Williams had never made wine from this vineyard, but Tesseron saw its 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 top Napa has a deep garnet purple color and reveals wonderfully scented notes of candied violets, wilted roses, damp earth and black tea over a core of red and blackcurrants, black cherries and warm blackberries plus a hint of cigar box and camphorsuckle. Medium to full-bodied with a rock-solid fruit structure on the palate, fine-grained tannins that beautifully support the elegant red and black fruit layers and end very long and very perfumed.

This Pym-Rae gives aromas of flowers, berries, plums and cocoa. It is full-bodied with compact fruit and fine tannins giving it a suppleness and finesse, yet very structured and long. The wine is aged in 55% new French barrels and 45% concrete eggs for 18 months. The wine consists of 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Cabernet Franc and 5% Merlot.

Vineyard for 2019 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.

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Type of Wine Red
Country USA
Region Californie
Appellation Napa Valley
Icons Icon USA
Winery Tesseron Estate
Grape Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Merlot
Biological certified No
Natural wine No
Vegan No
Vintage 2019
Drinking as of 2024
Drinking till 2054
Alcohol % 14
Alcohol free/low No
Content 0.75 ltr
Oak aging Yes
Sparkling No
Dessert wine No
Closure Cork
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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