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The vines are tended like a botanical garden, the cellar is like a secret cave, and the wine in vats is brimming with energy and freshness. Depth, balance and freshness : every detail is carefully considered to reveal the potential of this rare vineyard, and gracefully highlight its unique character.


This 2018 Tesseron Estate Pym-Rae is a blend of 76% Cabernet Sauvignon, 17% Merlot and 7% Cabernet Franc. In the glass, this Napa top has a deep garnet purple, revealing fragrant notes of candied violets, wilted roses, moist earth and black tea over a core of red and black currants, black cherries and warm blackberries plus a hint of cigar box and camphor oil. Medium to full bodied with a rock solid structure of fruit on the palate, fine grained tannins beautifully supporting the elegant red and black fruit layers and ending very long and very perfumed.


Professional reviews


Robert Parker (98)

The 2018 Pym-Rae reveals a deep garnet-purple color and a slightly reticent, slowly emerging nose of freshly crushed blackcurrants, ripe blackberries and wild blueberries with suggestions of garrigue, red currant jelly, mossy tree bark and truffles plus wafts of bouquet garni and Sichuan pepper. The palate is full-bodied and fantastically concentrated with tightly wound layers of black and red berry notions, framed by very firm yet beautifully ripe tannins and amazing tension,

finishing with epic length and loads of mineral sparks.


James Suckling (97)

his is extremely aromatic with blackberries, black pepper and spice. Dried flowers, too. Full-bodied with very tight, fine tannins and a racy, refined finish. Raspberries and currants at the end. Very fine and polished. The center fruit is so pure. Aged in 60% new wood barrels and 40% concrete.


Jancis Robinson (16.50)

Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc. A project run by the Tesseron family of Ch Pontet-Canet. The first vintage to be certified biodynamic.
This is quite airy and fragrant compared with some of the other Napa wines in the line-up, though it still manages notes of kirsch, sweet cherry and Parma violet. The palate is chalky on entry ahead of a plush, rounded fruit core that brings a blend of very ripe red fruit and fresher, but darker, blackberry and blackcurrant. Plump and polished on the finish


Jeb Dunnuck (99)

The 2018 Pym-Rae can be thought of as a hypothetical mix of the 2016 and 2017, with more sexiness and opulence than the 2017 and a touch more elegance and precision than the 2016. Wonderful cassis, violets, tobacco, lead pencil, and chocolate notes define this beauty, and it's full-bodied, with a gorgeous sense of elegance and purity, perfect tannins, and an incredible finish. This stunningly majestic, flawlessly balanced Mountain Cabernet already offers pleasure yet will benefit from 4-5 years of bottle age, and it should be a 50-year wine. Bravo!


Tesseron Estate Napa Valley

SKU: TESS01018
VAT Included
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