Domaine du Grand Tinel Chateauneuf du Pape 2012
This famous wine is produced from 50 year old vines grown on the pebble strewn slopes surrounding the village of Châteauneuf du Pape, an area with a rich and long history of vine culivation back to 1308. Traditional Châteauneuf, like Tinel, is predominantly blended from Grenache with Syrah, with the minor addition of up to 12 other varieties including Counoise and Mourvèdre. After 24 months maturation in oak barrel, the richness and power is softened with complex aromas of wild herbs, cedar and pepper. It has a ample flavours of cherry, strawberry and prune held by a strong spicy character.
Fuller flavoured red meats particularly game, roast duck, stews with rich sauces or strong cheeses.
Grenache forms the backbone of southern Rhône blends, including Châteauneuf du Pape, Gigondas and Vacqueyras. The vast area of Côtes du Rhône offers a great diversity of soils, microclimates and a variety of grapes to create a range of styles at all quality levels. The aromatic dessert Muscat de Beaumes de Venise, is fragrant and sweet.
The Domaine du Grand Tinel is a large estate of 55 hectares of Chateauneuf du Pape vineyard. The estate is owned by Eli Jeune and family, based in the town of Chateauneuf du Pape. The vineyards are dominated by the rolled pebbles (locally known as `Galets`) of the southern Rhone floodplain. These were deposited when the Rhone was a torrent, bringing fragment of rock down from the Alps. The estate makes traditional wine, rich and robust with the aromas of Provencal herbs.