Wine of the Month
Thunevin Bad Boy 2011
The "Garagiste" winery movement in Bordeaux started in the early 90`s. Literally meaning small batch production of wines made from people with high ambitions about creating very high quality wines, but with a very limited budget and little equipment. In a short amount of time many of these "Micro Cuvees" reached legendary status, thus demanding very high market prices due to the high quality and low production. One of the pioneers, also considered the godfather of the Garagiste wave was the creator of the famous Chateau Valandraud Jean Luc Thunevin.
Jean Luc Thunevin created the first Garagiste wines and made way for a whole generation of micro cuvee winemakers in Bordeaux. After his success with Chateau Valandraud Jean Luc kept himself busy with several other projects. He has had a lot of success in the Negociant business in Bordeaux and has also worked as a consultant for several Chateaux on the right and left bank.
One of his recent projects is the Bad Boy wines, also sold under the name Mauvais Garcon in the US market. Thanks to Robert Parkers great fascination for Chateau Valandraud in the early 90`s he gave Jean Luc the nickname The Bad Boy of St.Emilion. The nickname stuck and eventually ended up on the label of his most recent creation.
Bad Boy is grown on a soil of limestone and clay. The 2011 vintage is a blend of 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc. The average age of the vines are 50 years old and the vineyard area is 12 hectares. It is matured 18 months in new French oak and is unfined and unfiltered.
Thunevin Bad Boy 2011
The nose is dominated by dark plums, cassis, blackberries and raspberries with a hint of green herbs, cedar, cloves and coffee. A full bodied fruit forward wine with a smooth texture on the palate and a fresh finish.
Pairs with: Veal, lamb, duck, beef and game
Drink: 3-4 years
Producer: Jean Luc Thunevin
Marius has worked in several parts of the wine business for the last 16 years. He is currently working as a Category Coordinator for wine and spirits in the Travel Retail business. He is also a part of a tasting panel for the financial newspaper in Norway and writes articles and lectures in his spare time.Marius has a huge passion and dedication for the wine and spirits industry. He is a certified Sommelier and is currently undertaking the WSET Diploma in wines and spirits education.