2005 Bad Boy Bordeaux

SKU #1040394

According to Robert Parker: "A superb sleeper of the vintage, this Bordeaux blend from Jean-Luc Thunevin delivers everything it should. Loads of plum, cassis, and cherry fruit are found in this silky-textured, medium-bodied, pure, delicious effort. Thunevin has unquestionably hit a home run with this bargain-priced 2005. Enjoy it over the next 3-4 years. Bordeaux needs to make more wines such as this." (08/08) 95% Merlot, 5% Cab Franc. GARAGISTE I am BLACK SHEEP wouldn't deign BAD BOY I remain.

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Staff Image By: Clyde Beffa Jr. | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/16/2009 | Send Email
It's back and superb as usual!

Staff Image By: Steve Greer | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/20/2009 | Send Email
Most people’s first thought is that this wine was made for the American market, but it is more about the anthem of the “garagiste” winemakers that are breaking with tradition and making wines that they want to drink. I think this wine is a nice blend of rich ripe fruit, but it's still structured. The tannins have relaxed since we first tried this wine last summer. Lots of ripe black fruit with a polished mouthfeel. This wine has a bit less acidity than other ’05s, but the astringency is still there. All of this makes it a wine for California Cabernet fans wanting to try Bordeaux.

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Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

- Cabernet Sauvignon has come a long way from its role as a blending varietal, however dominant, in the wines of Bordeaux. Today it is the most planted red varietal in the world. Identified as a descendent of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, the late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon needs to be planted in warmer climates to fully ripen. Its small berries can easily be identified for their distinctive blue color, thick skins and high tannins. And while the varietal has its own definitive characteristics: green pepper-like aromas and black currant flavors among them, it is perhaps most prized for its ability to convey terroir, vintage and winemaking. A relatively new varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon started making inroads into the wines of the Médoc and Graves in the late-18th century. Today it is also dominant in the up-and-coming Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux and can also be found in Southwest France. It is the companion varietal to Sangiovese in Italy's Super Tuscans and is planted all over Europe, stretching to lesser-known winegrowing regions like Russia and Lebanon. In the Americas Cabernet Sauvignon has found champions in every nook and cranny of California and among winemakers in Washington, where it complements plantings of Merlot. In South America, Cab thrives in Chile, but can also be found in smaller amounts in Argentina and even in Mexico.


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