DOMAINE DU GRAND TINEL
FRANCE / RHÔNE VALLEY
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 1960s united the properties of these two families, establishing the DOMAINE DU GRAND TINEL, whose roots trace back to the late 1700s when it was known as Chateauneuf Calcernier. In 1846, the estate changed its name to La Petite Gardiole, before assuming its current name in 1972. The inspiration for the name Tinel comes from the Latin word for cask.
Today, Christophe Jeune and his two sisters, Béatrice and Isabelle, carry on the tradition of producing wine on this very special terroir, and also own another property in Châteauneuf, Domaine de Saint Paul.
GRAND TINEL’S 56 hectares of vines in CHÂTEAUNEUF-DU-PAPE (they also own some 18 hectares of AOC Côtes du Rhône) are scattered across the appellation, over a variety of soil types providing harmonious elegance and powerful structure associated with classic Châteauneuf-du-Pape. The Domaine is known for its very old vines, with some Grenache vines over 100 years old.
THE WINEMAKING PHILOSOPHY
The wines are produced with the assistance of world-renowned consultant PHILIPPE CAMBIE, whose influence in bringing the appellation to its current status cannot be underestimated (he was dubbed Winemaker of the Decade by Robert Parker in 2010).
As Christophe Jeune notes,
Our goal is to produce wines that are fine and elegant, yet at the same time concentrated and powerful, fully expressive of the terroir.”
"Grand Tinel produces some of my favorite wines of the appellation" - Robert Parker