The Bad Boy is an original cuvée created by the illustrious Jean-Luc Thunevin in the 2000s. Produced from a careful selection of wines on the right bank, from properties managed or advised by Jean-Luc Thunevin. The grapes are harvested and vinified under the constant, careful, and meticulous watch of Thunevin's well-established winemaking team. The name for this cuvée came by way of American critic, Robert Parker, who often referred to Jean-Luc as Bordeaux's "black sheep" or "Saint Emillion's Bad Boy." Thunevin rose to prominence during the Right Bank garagiste movement of the 90s with the rise of his garage produced Chateau Valandraud. Jean-Luc produces the Bad Boy Cuvee with the same passion and creativity that helped him establish one of the biggest cult wines from Bordeaux's right bank.
95% Merlot and 5% Cabernet Franc. On the nose, the showcases a fragrant bouquet of dark cherries, bergamot, and light stony scents. The palate is driven by dark red fruits like mulberry and red plum. The wine is medium-bodied with slightly coarse tannin, and a healthy kiss of spice towards the finish.
Several very good red Bordeaux wines from the 2018 vintage have been imported. This one had an excellent quality/price rapport. This is an AC Bordeaux with a measure of attitude. It has a very deep colour and profound cabernet-driven aromas of dark berry fruits with a floral high note; the palate strongly built and ripe with emphatic tannins surrounding a core of rich fruit. Long finish; good cellaring potential. Date Tasted: December 2022; Drink: 2023 to 2033; Price: $55.00; Alcohol: 15%; Rating: 93 Points; Huon Hooke; The Real Review
Crushed-blackcurrant, plum, ink, graphite and licorice aromas. Lemon-zest and saline notes, too. It’s medium-bodied with sleek, tight tannins and fresh acidity. Fresh, clean finish. Linear and fine. Better in 2024, but already very attractive. Rating: 92 Points; James Suckling
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