Many people know that Robin Williams' Napa estate recently sold, but few know who bought it: the Tesseron family, who own Chateau Pontet-Canet, the only Biodynamic estate in Bordeaux's prestigious Medoc Cru Classe. The price: $18 million (down from an initial asking price of $35 million).
The Mount Veeder estate is located high above Napa Valley in the Mayacamas. Musician Boz Scaggs, who has a small wine label, is the nearest neighbor.
|The vineyard comprises 18 acres.|
It's worth mentioning that French (or French influenced families) are responsible now for all of Napa's Biodynamic estates, a list that includes:
• Adamvs (owned by the Adams family [Americans], who also own the organic Chateau Fonplegade estate in St. Emilion)
• Araujo (owned by the Pinault family, who also own organic estates throughout France, including Chateau Latour)
• Raymond (owned by the Boisset family, who own an organic estate in Burgundy)
Another Napa winery, Ehler's Estate, owned by a French foundation, was formerly Demeter certified Biodynamic.