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Domaine du Grand Tinel History, Overview
What we know of as Domaine du Grand Tinel is actually one of the older estates in the Southern Rhone Valley. In its formative years, during the late 1700’s, the property was known as Chateauneuf Calcernier. Over time, the property continued adding more land to their vineyards.
In 1846 the domaine changed its name to Petit Gardiole. In 1906, the property became one of the first Chateauneuf du Pape producers to bottle their own wine. In 1972 the vineyard once again changed its name to what we know of today as Domaine du Grand Tinel. The inspiration for the name comes from the word Latin word for cask which can be translated into tina.
Domaine du Grand Tinel Vineyards, Wines, Winemaking
Domaine du Grand Tinel owns 56 hectares of vines that are planted in a myriad of different soils and terroir including sand, rocks, stones, limestone, pebbles and clay. Domaine du Grand Tinel has old vines.
Their oldest Grenache vines date back more than 100 years. Some of 4.5 hectares of vineyards in the lieu-dit of La Gardiole to the north were planted with Grenache. 3 hectares are used to produce Chateauneuf du Pape Blanc.
The best vintages of Domaine du Grand Tinel are 2016, 2015, 2012, 2010, 2009, 2007 and 2005.
To produce the wine of The Domaine du Grand Tinel, after sorting the grapes are destemmed. Vinification takes place in a combination of stainless steel or cement vat. The wine is aged in a combination of foudres or small oak vats.
Domaine du Grand Tinel produces 3 red wines and one white Chateauneuf du Pape.
Domaine du Grand Tinel Tradition – 83% Grenache, 12% Syrah, 2% Mourvedre, 2% Counoise and various other allowable Rhone grape varietals. The terroir is a mix of rocks, and sand. The wine is aged for 12 to 16 months in a combination of old foudres, demi-muids and tank. The production is close to 11,500 cases per year.
Domaine du Grand Tinel Cuvee Alexis Establet made its debut in 1997. The wine is made from 100% old, vine Grenache from the rock and sand terroir found in the soils of the La Gardiole lieu-dit.
This modern styled wine is aged in a combination of 35% new French oak barrels, used oak casks, demi-muids and foudres for an average of 12 to 18 months. The wine is only made in the best vintages. The production is about 1,300 cases per vintage.
Domaine du Grand Tinel Cuvee Heres is made exclusively from 100% old vine Grenache. In this cuvee, the fruit comes from the estate’s oldest vines, which are all over 100 years of age.
The terroir is evenly split between rocks and sand. To produce the wine, the berries are destemmed 100% and aged in vat for 12-14 months. Production is quite limited as close to 350 cases per year are produced.
Domaine du Grand Tinel Blanc is made from blending 60% Grenache blanc, 20% Clairette and 20% Bourboulenc. The wine is aged in steel vats with a small portion aging in new, French oak barrels. The production is close to 1,000 cases per vintage.
When to Drink Domaine du Grand Tinel, Anticipated Maturity, Decanting Time
Domaine du Grand Tinel can be enjoyed on the young side. Young vintages can be popped and poured, or decanted for 1-2 hours give or take. This allows the wine to soften and open its perfume. Older vintages might need very little decanting, just enough to remove the sediment.
Domaine du Grand Tinel is usually better with 3-5 years of bottle age. Of course that can vary slightly, depending on the vintage. In the best vintages the wine should be consumed within 5-14 years after the vintage.
Serving Domaine Grand du Tinel with Wine, Food Pairing Tips
Domaine Grand du Tinel is best served at 15.5 degrees Celsius, 60 degrees Fahrenheit. The cool, almost cellar temperature gives the wine more freshness and lift.
Domaine Grand du Tinel is best served with all types of classic meat dishes, veal, pork, beef, lamb, duck, game, roast chicken, roasted, braised, stewed dishes, sausage, barbecue and cassoulet. Domaine Grand du Tinel is also good with Asian dishes, hearty fish courses like tuna, mushrooms, pasta, eggplant, cheese and tomatoes.
The white wine of Domaine Grand du Tinel is best served with a myriad of different seafood dishes, shellfish, crab, lobster, sushi, sashimi, chicken, pork and veal, as well as Asian cuisine.
Domaine du Grand Tinel also produces a red wine from the Cotes du Rhone appellation from 18 hectares of vines they own the region.
Domaine du Grand Tinel Wine Tasting Notes
16 Vintages 33,496 Views Sort by Vintage-Rating
|2016||Domaine du Grand Tinel Cuvée Heres (Châteauneuf-du-Pape)|
Silk and velvet on the palate, the concentrated, full bodied wine has a depth of flavor, as well as elegance, refinement, and purity of fruit. It is effortless to drink and should age well for at least 2 decades. The wine was made from 100% old vine Grenache.
852 Views Tasted Sep 8, 2018
|2016||Domaine du Grand Tinel Alexis Establet (Châteauneuf-du-Pape)|
Black raspberry, kirsch, flowers and smoky earth gets your focus on the nose. The sexy, sensuous, ripe, elegant and fresh palate is where the action is. There is length and purity of fruit in the long, plush finish. The wine is made from 100% old vine Grenache.
1,145 Views Tasted Sep 8, 2018
|2016||Domaine du Grand Tinel (Châteauneuf-du-Pape)|
Medium bodied, fresh, sweet and elegant in style, the juicy kirsch and thyme notes sticks with you from start to finish.
1,190 Views Tasted Sep 8, 2018
|2015||Domaine du Grand Tinel Cuvée Heres (Châteauneuf-du-Pape)|
Silky soft and polished, this refined wine tastes and feels great. Loads of elegant, polished, fresh berries, with a good sense of purity in the fruit. This is the first time for me with this wine. The wine was made from 100% old vine Grenache.
1,290 Views Tasted Aug 21, 2017
|2015||Domaine du Grand Tinel Alexis Establet (Châteauneuf-du-Pape)|
Floral and fresh, with cherry blossoms, kirsch, thyme and black pepper at its core, the wine delivers its elegant, sweet, soft textured, supple, red cherry character with ease. The wine is made from 100% old vine Grenache.
2,809 Views Tasted Aug 21, 2017
|2015||Domaine du Grand Tinel (Châteauneuf-du-Pape)|
Medium bodied, forward, elegant and fresh, the fruit is sweet, light and in balance. Not for long aging, but as an early drinker, this is really quite nice with a lot of easy drinking charm. The wine is made from blending 70% Grenache, 20% Syrah and 10% Mourvedre.
2,746 Views Tasted Aug 21, 2017
|2014||Domaine du Grand Tinel (Châteauneuf-du-Pape)|
With a blast of olive tapenade, kirsch and black raspberry on the nose, the wine is medium bodied, sweet, soft and smooth, with freshness and finesse in the finish. This should deliver quite nice, near term drinking.
1,192 Views Tasted Jun 23, 2016
|2013||Domaine du Grand Tinel (Châteauneuf-du-Pape)|
Spice and fresh cherries open to a round, smooth, medium bodied blast of sweet cherries in the finish. 70% Grenache, 25% Syrah and 5% Mourvedre provided the blend.
1,761 Views Tasted Sep 7, 2015
|2012||Domaine du Grand Tinel Alexis Establet (Châteauneuf-du-Pape)|
Refined, polished and silky, with freshness in its kirsch core that really stands out in the finish. Made from 100% old vine Grenache.
2,517 Views Tasted Sep 17, 2014
|2012||Domaine du Grand Tinel (Châteauneuf-du-Pape)|
Blending 80% Grenache with 20% Syrah produced a rich, ripe and easy to drink wine with an essence of fresh, peppery, dark, lush, red berries.
2,150 Views Tasted Sep 10, 2014
|2011||Domaine du Grand Tinel Alexis Establet (Châteauneuf-du-Pape)|
Fennel, pepper, fresh herbs and notes of plum are followed by a layer of elegant, ripe, sweet red cherries and spice. Produced from 100% old vine Grenache, the wine reached 15.5% alcohol.
2,381 Views Tasted Aug 26, 2014
|2011||Domaine du Grand Tinel (Châteauneuf-du-Pape)|
Silky smooth, medium bodied with a kick of kirsch. That sweet, ripe, red berry sensation continues through to the fresh finish.
1,615 Views Tasted Aug 19, 2014
|2010||Domaine du Grand Tinel Alexis Establet (Châteauneuf-du-Pape)|
From 100% old vine Grenache that are at least 100 years of age; from the word go, the aromatics pop with spice, licorice, garrigue and pungent, jammy black raspberries. The palate is coated with deep, silky cherries in the long finish. This Philippe Cambie consulted domaine is committed to 100% organic farming.
4,616 Views Tasted May 31, 2013
|2010||Domaine du Grand Tinel (Châteauneuf-du-Pape)|
Spicy, black raspberries, silky, refined, textures and a forward, lush, pure, fruit filled finish are found in the wine. The Domaine is consulted by Philippe Cambie.
3,262 Views Tasted May 29, 2013
|2009||Domaine du Grand Tinel Alexis Establet (Châteauneuf-du-Pape)|
Medium bodied, forward, already developed, easy drinking charmer, with sweet kirsch, raspberry and other assorted red fruits, thyme and pepper.
1,571 Views Tasted Mar 6, 2018
|2007||Domaine du Grand Tinel Alexis Establet (Châteauneuf-du-Pape)|
Rich and lushly textured, full bodied and loaded with sweet, ripe, fleshy, lusty, red fruits, garrigue, cherries and black licorice, this is in its prime time drinking spot. The wine was made from 100% old vine, Grenache.
2,399 Views Tasted Jan 8, 2018