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Lucien Jeune, wine transporter and Mayor of Châteauneuf-du-Pape for 25 years, owned some vines too, in places named ‘Boucou’, ‘Pied Redon’ and ‘Les Relagnes’.
During the 1960s, Pierre-Elie Jeune married Christiane Establet and this enabled the two properties to be joined together and led to the creation of Domaine Grand Tinel in 1972. A wine-making and maturing cellar with a capacity of 4 600 hectolitres was built two years later. It comprises an underground area for ageing wine in wooden tuns and oak barrels, a ground floor area for receiving the harvest and dealing with wine-making, and a first floor area for the offices, an oenology laboratory and part of the wine-making installations. The new generation, Christophe Jeune and his two sisters, Béatrice and Isabelle, have pursued the same approach as their parents, by ordering the construction of new buildings to extend the offices, create a tasting room and an area for bottling, storage and dispatch.
The history of Domaine Saint-Paul is more recent. Established in 1934, this property was purchased by Charles Establet in 1958, and then by Christiane and Pierre-Elie Jeune in 1970. To develop the estate, a storage cellar was built, followed by the construction of a wine-making installation and bottling line. The name Domaine Saint-Paul appeared on labels in 1998. Then a tasting room was created, with an area for retail sales. Christiane and Pierre-Elie’s children later invested in wooden vats and an ageing cellar, equipped with large 300-litre casks and oak tuns.
The same high standards of quality are found at both estates, although vine growing and wine-making methods differ in accordance with the wines made. Rational vine growing techniques are considered essential and vine treatments are kept to a strict minimum. Harvests are picked by hand and maturation is done for 100% in oak barrels for Grand Tinel, and partially for Saint-Paul (a proportion of the harvest is stored in stainless steel vats for several months).Domaine Grand Tinel produces: a white Châteauneuf-du-Pape, two red Châteauneuf-du-Papes, including a prestige wine, ‘Alexis Establet’, made with grapes that come from old vines, and a Côtes-du-Rhône.
All these wines regularly win awards and receive flattering reviews which appear in numerous wine guides and magazines, such as ‘The Wine Advocate’, ‘Decanter’, ‘Vino Magazine’, ‘International Wine Cellar’, etc.
Members of the group of Independent Winegrowers, Elie Jeune Wine Estates sell the majority of their production directly by taking part in a large number of wine exhibitions organised in numerous towns all over France. For example, they will be present at the forthcoming ‘Vinisud’ exhibition, which will be held in February 2008.