Wine critic Robert Parker deemed Bordeaux's black sheep, Thunevin, a "bad boy," which explains how the wine's name
came to be. This Merlot, styled for early drinking, expresses a good deal of charm with its ripe black fruit, chocolate, and
licorice aromas. This wine will return a lot of pleasure for a fair price. Made from vines that average 40 years old,
sourced from the Bordeaux, Fronsac and Pomerol appellations, Bad Boy's label carries just the generic Bordeaux AOC, but it's treated almost as a grand vin, aged in 100 percent new oak barrels.
Thunevin made his reputation as the godfather of the garagiste movement in the 1990s. Jean Luc, an Algerian immigrant, started his life in wine as a wine merchant and restaurant owner in Saint-Emilion. In 1989 Jean Luc figured that there was no reason he couldn't start making his own wine, and so he and his wife, Murielle Andraud, purchased a tiny plot of vines, .6 hectares to be exact, in Saint-Emilion. By 1991 Chateau Valandraud bottled its first vintage.