Domaine du Grand Tinel Châteauneuf-du-Pape Blanc 2011

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A rich, intense white with a clean, refreshing mineral-driven core.

As most readers know, I am a huge fan of wine clubs. As much as I love picking out wines, there is something so incredibly fun about having a box filled with “surprise” wine delivered to your door. Wine clubs today offer an enormous range of variety and price, and are an excellent source for hard to find grapes and up-and-coming areas. This fantastic Châteauneuf-du-Pape white blend arrived by way of one of the most legendary clubs; The International Wine of the Month Club. Since 1994 they have been offering family owned, estate bottled wines along with the best vintages and unique finds.

Estate: Although only officially founded in 1972, the vineyards of Grand Tinel estate actually date back to the 16th century. The 74 hectare family estate was created when “two old and well known families of Châteauneuf du Pape, Jeune and Establet, who can trace their ancestors back to the 14th century, united their properties by a marriage between Christiane Establet and Pierre Elie Jeune”. Today, Elie Jeune is both owner and winemaker and along with his 3 children; Christophe Jeune, Beatrice and Isabelle, they continue the centuries old family winemaking traditions. In fact, their wines are highly acclaimed for remaining “some of the most traditional in style of all Châteauneuf-du-Papes”.

Winemaking: They focus on the “full, rich fruit of the appellation” and whilst displaying the powerful personality and ageing potential of the region, Jeune’s wines are known for the their ability to be enjoyed young. No chemicals are used, and only limited use of natural fertilizers and products in order to preserve Mother Nature” are applied.

Tasting Notes: Pale gold in colour with aromas of lemon, orange blossom and minerals. Creamy lemon, honeysuckle and herbaceous notes underscore clean minerals and traces of almond in the elegant finish.
[Enjoy moderately chilled in order to allow its full intensity to shine.]

65% White Grenache, 20% Bourboulenc, 15% Clairette
Châteauneuf-du-Pape
France
Estate Bottled
13.5% Alcohol
$30 [average price]
Enjoy now thru 2020

Sample submitted for review purposes.

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