Châteauneuf du Pape
Domaine du Grand Tinel
65% GRENACHE BLANC, 15% CLAIRETTE, 10% ROUSSANNE, 10% BOURBOULENC
95 Points Wine Enthusiast
Grand Tinel Châteauneuf du Pape Blanc
Between Orange and Avignon, on the left bank of the Rhone River, the old Pope’s Castle was edified. Pilgrims, Crusaders, Templars, Hugenots, Popes and Kings, as well as Thieves and Invaders all passed through this remarkable place. Two longstanding and well known families of Chateauneuf du Pape, Jeune and Establet, who can trace their ancestors back to the 14th century, united their properties by a marriage between Christiane Establet and Pierre Elie Jeune in 1960’s, and the Domaine du Grand Tinel was established in 1972. Today, Christophe, Béatrice and Isabelle Jeune continue the family tradition of producing great wines of the region.
It’s a medium-bodied, fresh and lively white that has lots of white peach, hints of pineapple, spice and charcoal to go with outstanding balance and integrated acidity. It picks up a touch of minerality and saltiness on the finish.
- Soil: Silica-clayish soil with rounded pebbles
The picking, entirely manual, is made early in the morning to keep fresh temperatures. A systematic sorting is made in the vineyard. Transport to the cellar is made under protection of carbonic ice to prevent from oxidations.
- Malolactic Fermentation: Suppressed
- Aging: for 6 months, 80% steel vats, 20% new oak barrels
“This luscious, full-bodied blend of Grenache Blanc (60%), Clairette (25%) and Roussanne (15%) drenches the palate in pools of fresh cantaloupe, pear and grapefruit rimmed by a crush of salty minerality. It’s vibrant in fruit but penetrating and complex too, anchored by that stony, almost crystalline verve that lingers through the finish. Delicious young, the wine should mature nicely through 2035 and hold further as well.”
– Anna Lee C. Iijima, Wine Enthusiast