About Domaine de Grand Tinel 2016 Chateauneuf du Pape
The Jeune family is a longstanding & well-known dynasty of Châteauneuf-du-Pape who can trace their ancestors back to the 14th century. 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 venerable families, establishing Domaine du Grand Tinel.
Grand Tinel’s Châteauneuf-du-Pape comes from two neighboring sectors in this most famous Cru du Rhône, certified organic, and is produced with the help of consultant Philippe Cambie (named 2010 winemaker of the year by Robert Parker). It is a blend of 70% Grenache, 20% Syrah and 10% Mourvedre from 70 year-old vines with roots deep in clay limestone soils covered with the famous galets stones.
2016 was a monumental vintage in the Rhone rated 99 points overall. This wine scored 93 points by the International Wine Report who said "The 2016 Domaine du Grand Tinel Châteauneuf-du-Pape is a sensational showing. Composed of 80% Grenache and 20% Syrah from 70-year-old vines rooted in clay and limestone soils. The wine itself begins with striking aromas of red berries and pomegranate, along with dried herbs, violets, bittersweet chocolate shavings and hints of black pepper all taking shape. On the palate this possesses a medium-plus body with wonderful elegance and a gorgeous silky texture. Structured, balanced and beautifully concentrated, this continues to deliver flavors of ripe red fruits, herbs, dark chocolate and spices that lead up to the long polished finish. This is a total beauty and should continue to age remarkably well for years to come."
Wine Enthusiast Magazine scored it 93 points saying "Ripe blackberry and currant perfumes mingle into granite and black pepper on the nose of this blend of 80% Grenache and 20% Syrah. Ripe and rich, it's a bold, hedonistic wine but balanced freshly on the midpalate and framed by firm, gripping tannins. The wine is best approached in 2021 but should evolve beautifully through 2030 and beyond."
Jeb Dunnuck scored a barrel tasting 91-93 saying "Deep black cherries, currants, roasted herbs, licorice, and a ton of minerality emerge from the 2016 Châteauneuf-du-Pape, which is an 80/20 split of Grenache and Syrah brought up mostly in foudre. This deep, full-bodied, concentrated classic cuvée has sweet tannin, beautiful depth of fruit, and a great finish. It’s just another smoking good 2016 that’s going to deliver the goods over the coming 10-15 years."