2007 Domaine du Grand Tinel Châteauneuf-du-Pape Alexis Establet Châteauneuf-du-Pape Rhône France Wine Tasting Note

  1. 2007 Domaine du Grand Tinel Alexis Establet (Châteauneuf-du-Pape)

    1. 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.

      92 points - Tasted
Grand Tinel Wine Tasting Notes, Ratings

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 also make a white wine from a blend of 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.

Serving and Decanting 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. Young vintages can be popped and poured, or decanted for an hour so. This allows the wine to soften and open its perfume. Older vintages might need very little decanting, just enough to remove the sediment. 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 and cassoulet. Domaine Grand du Tinel is also good with Asian dishes, hearty fish courses like tuna, mushrooms, pasta, eggplant 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.