The 2015 Domaine du Grand Tinel Châteauneuf-du-Pape emanates from the finest vintage in the southern Rhône Valley since 2010 and is another outstanding effort from Grand Tinel, which is arguably one of Châteauneuf-du-Pape’s most consistently high performing estates. Ripe cherries, kirsch, spice, plum, and hints of savory herbs abound in the bouquet. In the mouth, deep flavors mixed with Provençal herbs, fennel, and smoked meat flavors entertain the palate, while fine grained tannins provide a long, satisfying finish that bodes well for the wine’s longevity. Although powerful and full-bodied on account of traditional winemaking and the predominance of old vine Grenache (70%), Syrah (25%), and Mouvèdre (5%) the 2015 Grand Tinel exhibits a brightness and suavity that allow it to drink well young. Nevertheless, the 2015 Châteauneuf-du-Pape should continue to improve in bottle for at least several more years before reaching its apogee between 2019 and 2026. For optimal enjoyment, we suggest serving the 2015 Domaine du Grand Tinel Châteauneuf-du-Pape at cool room temperature (60º F), after an hour of aeration.