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Senior editor James Molesworth joined Wine Spectator in 1997. He reviews Bordeaux, the Loire, the Rhône, South Africa and New York's Finger Lakes.
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A Bordeaux Red So "Bad" It's Good

Ets Thunevin Bordeaux Bad Boy 2005

James Molesworth
Posted: August 18, 2010

This wine carries a tongue-in-cheek label (Bordeaux garagiste Jean-Luc Thunevin of Château Valandraud is considered a black sheep by some in the region) and a friendly $30 price tag, considering its pedigree of a superb vintage and a top-flight winemaker.

Made from a blend of 95 percent Merlot and 5 percent Cabernet Franc, 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.

While the wine still has some nice grip from the powerful ’05 vintage, this is now ready to drink, with ripe, fleshy but softening black currant and plum fruit laced with hints of white chocolate and tobacco. The finish delivers a nice tug of earth, but stays squarely in the modern, fruit-driven camp, with sleek, integrated tannins. I rated it 90 points, non-blind.

If you're looking for newer vintages of this wine, since the debut 2005, the label in the United States has been changed to Mauvais Garçon, due to a trademark dispute.

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John P Proctor
Essex, CT USA —  October 21, 2010 6:43am ET
Drank this recently in St. Emilion after visiting the garage where Valandraud is made and the Bad Boy was delicious---

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