“Bad Boy” Winemaker Jean Luc Thunevin Comes to @PlanetGrapesPH

The Philippines had a special guest on March 16, as Winemaker Jean Luc Thunevin (whom Robert Parker himself dubbed “bad boy”) paid a visit to Planet Grapes in Shangri-La. Thunevin and Planet Grapes brought a little bit of Bordeaux to Manila with a special Thunevin Wine Flight. (Available until March 20, so hurry up!)

With Jean Luc Thunevin

The flight consisted of three core wines, plus one bonus sparkling wine (complimentary on March 16 only in honor of Thunevin’s visit). You’ll never guess what the wines are called. Well, maybe. They’re cute. Fun. Edgy, even.

Apparently Thunevin was nicknamed “bad boy” because of his creation of “garage wines” early on. He just bought a plot of land and began making wine the best way he knew how. He was rewarded for his unconventional (at the time) tactics, as his wines received critical acclaim. They continue to garner high scores from respected wine critics and are favored by wine lovers all around the world.

2009 Bad Girl

Easily my favorite wine of the flight. Thunevin explained that the Bad Girl was named in honor of his wife, who asked “what about me?” once the Bad Boy came out.

This wine is made like Champagne using Semillion and Cabernet Franc (yeah, the translater was surprised too). It had some nutty flavors, perhaps almonds, along with some vanilla and honey. It was savory early on (think saffron and nuts) then citrus-filled as the evening progressed (lime and lemon).

2010 Baby Bad Boy

The Baby Bad Boy seemed one-dimensional to me, and surprisingly light for a red. It didn’t have the complexity of a Pinot noir, or the weight of a typical Bordeaux blend. It was basically consistent and unaltered with each sip.

2011 Domaine Virginie Thunevin

Virginie Thunevin is Jean Luc’s daughter, who happens to be not-so-fond of wine. She raises horses, instead. (He wanted to clarify the horses are not for eating). The wine had leather on the nose and powerful fruit, with scorched undertones and a sharp, satisfying finish.

2011 Bad Boy

The Bad Boy is soft, supple and filled with tannic dark berry and cherry flavors. This one is unapologetically wine–no trying to be light on the palate or easy to drink. The Bad Boy left such an impression on me because of the food I had it with. Try this wine with Planet Grapes’ truffle chips, mashed potatoes and parmesan corn for an explosion of flavor. I regretted not ordering food earlier in the flight.

Jean-Luc Thunevin Wines

Planet Grapes is the exclusive Philippine distributor of these wines. Visit any of their branches to find your special bottle of Bordeaux.

Where to Find Them

  • Planet Grapes Tuscany (Mckinley Hill, Taguig)
  • Planet Grapes Cebu (Ayala Center Cebu)
  • Planet Grapes Shangri-La (Shangri-La Plaza Mall, Mandaluyong City)
  • Planet Grapes River Park (Festival Supermall, Alabang)
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