As I sat sipping this classic red Rhone from Chateauneuf-du-Pape with my friend, Dr. Baer, the topic of conversation suddenly turned from traveling in general to traveling to the Rhone. Not only does Southern France have that enticing Mediterranean climate that gives life to the vast fields of lavender and the herbs of Provence, but all of these come together to offer some of the world’s most eminently drinkable Rhone wines and, one of these is the 2007 Chateau du Grand Tinel.
Of the 13 allowed varieties, Grenache, Syrah, and Mourvedre are blended to achieve this full-bodied smooth, silky expression of a classic red Rhone. Coincidentally, I happen to have a bottle of the 2011 vintage about a week later and noted the differences that 4 years can make. Whereas I enjoyed the more recent vintage just fine, there was definitely a more mature and complex wine to appreciate the first time around. Just the depth of fruit, the integration of the smoky tannins, and the acid reveal the goal of the winemaker to create an elegant wine with great finesse. Affordably priced, this is a great choice for any dinner table anytime.