My mother passed away suddenly 2 years ago. On her birthday I’ve decided to continue the pattern of buying flowers along with a bottle of wine that I know she’d enjoy. This year it was a no-brainer to pick up Thunevin ‘Mauvais Garçon’ [Bad Boy] Bordeaux 2010. My mother considered herself the “black sheep” of the family and admittedly always did seem to find her way into trouble. But that’s part of what makes life fun, so I raised a ‘Bad Boy’ glass to her.
Innovative, Bordeaux “garage winemaker” Jean-Luc Thunevin has been rocking the Bordeaux community since 1989 when he and his wife purchased their first unclassified vines in Saint-Emillion [without a “pedigree” no one would sell him any other type of land]. Upon his first release in 1991 he was coined “’Bad Boy’ by Robert Parker and ‘The Black Sheep of Bordeaux’”. From there on out he received exceptional ratings, continued buying more vineyards, and didn’t care what anyone thought. Today he owns 20 properties including Chateau Valandraud, Virginie de Valandraud, Chateau Bel Air Ouy, and Chateau Prieuré Lescours. His entire company is focused around protecting the environment, and all estates practice natural wine production, including not just the avoidance of chemicals and sustainable methodologies, but also including social policies and fair working conditions for all employees.
Confident and ambitious with jammy flavours of cherry, blackcurrant and plum that are backed by delightfully grippy tannins along with ample black peppercorn and licorice spice on the lengthy finish. Fantastically earnest and easy drinking, this is a wonderful value from Bordeaux at under $20
Bordeaux Blend [I could not verify varietal percentages.]
Mis en Bouteille à F33420 par 33N293 pour Ets Thunevin
Enjoy now thru 2018
Rated 90 points by Wine Spectator