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Date Printed: 12/21/2014
Dom. du Grand Tinel Chateauneuf-du-Pape Cuvee Alexis Establet 2005
Dom. du Grand Tinel Chateauneuf-du-Pape Cuvee Alexis Establet 2005
(search item no. 92017)
collectible wine

International Wine Cellar rating: 94 points
The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
PRICE ON 12/21/2014: $44.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2003 International Wine Cellar rating: 94 points
2001 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2000 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points

Winemaker's Notes:

A special red cuvée Alexis Establet (named from an ancestor from the 19th century) is made since 1993 from 85-year-old Grenache (90%) and 10% other varieties. This wine is matured for 12-18 months in old and new barrels. The producer recommend to open the bottle 3 hours before drinking.

"Kirsch liqueur, gorgeous notes of tapenade, spice box, earth, and cedar jump from the glass of the dark ruby/plum-colored 2005 Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee Alexis Establet. This is a big, round, full-bodied wine which again seems surprisingly silky and plush for a wine from this vintage. It should drink well for 10-12+ years if not longer."
-Wine Advocate 90-93

"Ruby-red. Exotic, liqueur-like red and dark berry aromas show a balsamic accent. Deep, rich and sweet, with a powerful raspberry flavor and a late mineral note. Fresher on the finish than on the nose, with tangy acidity brightening the fruit. Offers outstanding length."
-International Wine Cellar 91-94

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About Domaine du Grand Tinel:

Two old and well known families of Chateauneuf 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 in 1960's, and the Domaine du Grand Tinel was born in 1972. In 1974 a winery was built at Route de Bedarrides in the outskirts of Chateauneuf du Pape.

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.