Remarkable richness and purity with excellent finishing power
Châteauneuf du Pape
Domaine du Grand Tinel
95 points Wine Advocate
Domaine du Grand Tinel has been making this wine since 2006. It was born from the willingness to respect the exceptional terroir of a plot of very old vines, located in the district La Gardiole (Les Sables). This terroir has very sandy soil, which gives amazing aromatic potential and an extreme finesse to the wine.
On the nose, spices: white pepper and licorice stand out clearly. You’ll also find cooked fruit, cherry pits, and subtle black olive notes. On the palate, the tannins are fine and silky. It is an ample wine, elegant.
Decant at least 1 hour before service. Drink from 2020 onward, for about 12-15 years.
Harvesting is entirely manual, followed by a systemic sorting in the vineyard, and second sorting on the table in the cellar. The vinification is traditional, with partial stripping. The fermentation is thermo-regulated and done in stainless steel vats. Daily pigeage is carried out during fermentation, and vatting is long (about 4 to 5 weeks). Aging is done exclusively in stainless steel to maintain the fruit character.
“The most compelling of Grand Tinel’s 2015s is the 2015 Chateauneuf du Pape Heres, a 100% Grenache that never sees any oak. It boasts remarkable richness and purity, offering hints of cinnamon, clove and nutmeg, blueberries and stone fruit and a long, tannic finish that shows no sign of alcoholic heat. It deserves a few years of cellaring, after which it should drink well for at least a decade or so.” – 95 points, Joe Czerwinski, Wine Advocate
“Brilliant ruby. An expansive bouquet evokes ripe red fruits, potpourri, star anise and white pepper, along with a hint of cola. Sweet, seamless and broad on the palate, offering intense raspberry liqueur and spicecake flavors that tighten up steadily on the back half. Rich yet energetic in style, displaying excellent finishing power and smooth tannins that lend closing grip.” – (91-93) points, Josh Raynolds, Vinous