Domaine du Grand Tinel, Alexis Establet Châteauneuf-du-Pape 2011

A majestic Châteauneuf-du-Pape from 100% old-vine Grenache grapes, produced with the help of star consultant Philippe Cambie (named 2010 winemaker of the year by Robert Parker).
The JEUNE family is a longstanding & well-known dynasty of Châteauneuf-du-Pape who can trace their ancestors back to the 14th century. The marriage of Christiane Establet with Pierre Elie Jeune in the 1960's united the properties of these two venerable families, establishing Domaine du Grand Tinel, one of the largest estates in the appellation. The inspiration for the name Tinel comes from the Latin for “cask”. Today, Christophe Jeune and his two sisters, Beatrice (see photo)and Isabelle, carry on the tradition of producing traditional-style Châteauneuf in a family-run affair. 
The 100-year old vines are planted at the northernmost point of the appellation, in an area known as La Gardiole, in soils formed from chalky stones and old alluvial deposits, along with the galets roulés stones the appellation is famous for. This terroir is reflected in the wine as a combination of the known power of Châteauneuf-du-Pape (a function of the heat retained and reflected by the galets roulés) and a harmonious elegance and fresh mineral definition characteristic of the northern sector.
Yields are kept incredibly low (15-20 hl/ha). After the harvest, the grapes are carefully sorted, with only top quality ones passing inspection. This is one of the Jeune family’s top cuvées, a magnificent Chateauneuf-du-Pape from the soils ofLa Gardiole. Deep ruby color releases exquisite notes of lavender and bright cherries, with delightful spices. A wonderfully soft and silky texture preludes enticing fruit in the mouth, perfectly balanced with the famous Châteaneuf-du-Pape herb profile. The long finish will leave you eager for another sip!

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