Vinification of wine from 74 hectares (56 ha in Chateauneuf and 18 in Cotes du Rhone) could not be done in these buildings in the wanted way and therefore the buildings have been renovated and extended in 2004-2006. So that today they have sufficient space for all the things needed in a modern winery and should have no difficulties in treating the yield fra all the 74 hectares, which make the domain one of the biggest in the appellation.
Today 3 children participate in the work at the domain: Christophe, Béatrice and Isabelle Jeune. The family also owns another property in Chateauneuf du Pape, Domaine Saint Paul. This domain has 14 hectares of Chateauneuf du Pape and is situated at Route Sorgues. The wines from here are not made at Grand Tinel but at Saint Paul. View all Domaine du Grand Tinel Wines
About Chateauneuf-du-Pape(shah-too-NUHF due Pahp)
Photo of galets covering the soil at Chateau de Beaucastel
Notable FactsThere are 13 allowed varieties in Chateauneuf du Pape (14 if you count Grenache Blanc separately from Grenache Noir). Grenache is the primary variety, followed by Syrah and Mourvedre as well as Cinsault. About 97% of the wines here are red, although many chateaux are producing whites ranging from quaffable to decadent and ageworthy. Reds from the best estates emit wonderful flavors of gamey spice, blackberries and currant, as well as the herbs and spices that are known to grow in the region.
Note on the soil: The grapes grow on soils covered in rounded, smooth stones called galets (gah-lay). The stones naturally cover most of the soils throughout Chateauneuf du Pape and are two fold in their duties. First, they are able to reflect and absorb the heat, to quicken the ripening of the grapes. They also help to hold in moisture so that the soils are not dried out by the hot Southern French sun.
About France - Other regionsWhen it comes to wine, France is a classic. Classic blends, grapes and styles began in the country and they still remain. Think about it - people ask for a Burgundian style Pinot Noir, they refer to wines as Bordeaux or Rhone blends - Champagne even had to pass a law to stop international wineries from putting their region on the label of all sparkling wine.
The top regions of France are: Bordeaux, Burgundy, Champagne, Languedoc-Roussillon, Loire, Rhone. And these regions are so diverse! It makes sense that wine regions throughout the world try to emulate their style. Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah are no longer French varieties, but international varieties. They may not be the leader of cutting edge technology or value-priced wines, but there is no doubt that they are still producing wines of great quality and diversity.