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Clos Badon Thunevin History, Overview
Originally known as Clos Badon, the owner, Philippe Dugos sold the vineyard in 1998 to Jean Luc Thunevin and Murielle Andraud. They bought the vineyard after another Saint Emilion property they were looking at, Chateau Cadet Bon, was sold to the owners of Chateau Canon. Following the purchase of the property they rebranded the estate Clos Badon Thunevin.
The logo or label of a Bordeaux wine bottle can tell you a lot about the wine, and its owner. Clos Badon Thunevin uses the image of a chicken on the label of Clos Badon because the owners, Jean-Luc Thunevin and Murielle Andraud raise, beautiful, exotic, Chinese chickens as pets.
These rare breeds of chickens are often seen, leisurely strolling in the gardens of the home of Jean Luc Thunevin and Murielle Andraud.
Interestingly, for years Jean Luc Thunevin and Murielle Andraud also had a huge German Shepard dog named Max living with them in their St. Emilion home. Max liked the chickens too! When asked how their chickens live such a long life, Murielle says, “The only Bordeaux wine they drink is Valandraud!” Those chickens have good taste, even if they prefer Valandraud over Clos Badon Thunevin.
The parcels are located across the street from Chateau Pavie, on the flatlands, that looks up at the plateau.
The wines of Clos Badon Thunevin are made by the same team that is in charge of the winemaking at Valandraud. Since 2007, Murielle Andraud has been in charge calling the shots for this likable, ripe, fun to drink, fairly priced, Saint Emilion wine.
Clos Badon Thunevin Vineyards, Terroir, Grapes, Winemaking
The 6.5 hectare Right Bank vineyard of Clos Badon Thunevin is planted to 70% Merlot and 30% Cabernet Franc. All of the Cabernet Sauvignon vines have been removed from the vineyard. The terroir is sand, gravel, quartz, clay, and limestone soils.
The vineyards of Clos Badon Thunevin are planted to a vine density of 5,500 vines per hectare. On average, the vines of Clos Badon Thunevin are close to a respectable 30 years of age. But they have older vines as well. Some of which were planted as far back as 1954.
To produce the wine of Clos Badon Thunevin, vinification takes place in large oak vats. Malolactic fermentation takes place in 100% new, French oak barrels. The wine is then aged in 100% new, French oak barrels for between 18 to 20 months before bottling. The production is small. On average, about 2 400 cases of Clos Badon Thunevin are produced per year.
The best vintages of Clos Badon Thunevin are: 2022, 2021, 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2012, 2010, 2009 and 2005.
When to Drink Clos Badon Thunevin, Anticipated Maturity, Decanting Time
Clos Badon Thunevin is usually better with 2-4 years of bottle age. Of course, that can vary slightly, depending on the vintage. Clos Badon Thunevin is usually best enjoyed in the first 4-12 years of life.
Young vintages can be decanted for up to 1 hour or so. This allows the wine to soften and open its perfume. Older vintages might need very little decanting, just enough to remove the sediment.
Serving Clos Badon Thunevin with Wine and Food Pairings
Clos Badon Thunevin is best served at 15.5 degrees Celsius, 60 degrees Fahrenheit. The cool, almost cellar temperature gives the wine more freshness and lift.
Clos Badon Thunevin is best paired with all types of classic meat dishes, veal, pork, beef, lamb, duck, game, roast chicken, roasted, braised, and grilled dishes. Clos Badon is also good when matched with Asian dishes, rich fish courses like tuna, mushrooms, and pasta, and a diverse array of hard and soft cheese.
Clos Badon Thunevin Wine Tasting Notes
17 Vintages 43,762 Views Sort by Vintage-Rating
The first vintage as a Classified Growth does not disappoint. With a deep color, the elegant, lush, silky-textured wine is soft, polished and packed with layers of chocolate, black plums, licorice, black cherries and just a hint of espresso. The palate is loaded with sweet, black fruits, lift, and energy, leaving you with spice, dark chocolate, plums and cherries on the backend. The wine blends 65% Merlot with 35% Cabernet Franc. 15% ABV, 3.8 pH. Drink from 2025-2038. 92-94 Pts.
1,823 Views Tasted May 8, 2023
Sweet, juicy, fresh, savory, salty-edged plums with a touch of spice, spearmint, flowers and cherries are easily found on the nose and in the vibrant, soft, polished, medium-bodied, red pit fruit filled palate. You can enjoy this on release. The wine blends 75% Merlot with 25% Cabernet Franc, 13.5% ABV. Drink from 2023-2037. 89-91
1,628 Views Tasted May 20, 2022
A nice shot of licorice-laced espresso and ripe, deep plums is the first thing you notice before enjoying all the ripe, mineral driven, sweet, supple-textured, polished dark red fruits on the palate and in the vibrant finish. 91-93 Pts
2,389 Views Tasted May 20, 2021
Earthy, with nuances of flowers, espresso, smoke and dark ripe plums, the wine is round, lush and generous on the palate. The fruit, licorice and coffee bean-filled finish tops everything off nicely. 91-93 Pts
3,099 Views Tasted Jun 8, 2020
Medium-bodied, soft, silky and fresh, the red fruits offer sweetness and purity. Medium-bodied, forward and ready to go, this is already delicious.
2,572 Views Tasted Mar 9, 2021
Licorice, smoke and wet earth with ripe dark plums on the nose and a blast of black cherry, licorice and dark mocha on the palate work perfectly here. The wine needs only a few years in the bottle before it all comes together. 90-92 Pts
2,937 Views Tasted Apr 19, 2019
Smoke, earth and licorice with dark red fruits, deep color and a round, red plum finish is what you will find here. A couple years in the cellar should add more softness and complexity to the wine.
1,483 Views Tasted Apr 26, 2018
With a smoky accent, the licorice, dark red fruits, espresso and earthy nuances come through with ease. The wine is Medium/full bodied with soft tannins. It is forward, so this is perfect to enjoy on the young side. However, if you have just a little patience, there is some tannin to resolve, so yu can give it a few years in the cellar.
2,393 Views Tasted Sep 21, 2019
Medium/full bodied with polished tannins, ripe sweet fruit, wet earth, licorice and a juicy, energetic fruit finish, this wine will drink well early or offer more nuance with age.
1,835 Views Tasted Apr 29, 2017
This is the best ever Clos Badon. Licorice, blackberry, smoke and earthy character move in quickly, illuminating this deep ruby beauty. Round on the palate, the wine has a fresh, plump quality of fruit that really works this year.
2,116 Views Tasted Apr 29, 2016
Earthy, lush black cherries with a fleshy, sweet, licorice and cocoa finish. 88-90 Pts
2,008 Views Tasted Apr 27, 2015
From 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc, the wine reached 13.5% ABV and offers notes of vanilla bean and dark cherry, an open personality and a sweet, tart and plummy finish. 87-89 Pts
1,506 Views Tasted Apr 28, 2014
Showing depth of color, the wine is earthy with dark berries and a wild strawberry and dark chocolate finish. 87-89 Pts
1,612 Views Tasted Apr 26, 2013
90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc create the blend. The wine reached 13.5% ABV and will be aged in 100% new oak. Deep in color with oak, toast, vanilla, jammy blackberry and earth in the nose. The wine is polished, lush and round, but there is a bit too much oak in the supple-textured finish that still needs to come together. 88-90 Pts
1,636 Views Tasted Apr 24, 2012
Clos Badon Thunevin From almost 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc, the wine offers scents of licorice, jammy dark berries and oak ending in a soft, sweet, fennel and blackberry finish. 88-90 Pts
3,176 Views Tasted Apr 22, 2011
2009 Clos Badon - This rich, round, ripe St. Emilion wine is filled with licorice, blackberry and chocolate covered cherries. This should deliver a lot of pleasure young. 90 Pts
3,271 Views Tasted Aug 1, 2011
08 Clos Badon Thunevin shows deep ruby color. The wine delivers a lot of fresh black raspberry and licorice in the nose. More concentrated than previous vintages, and styled for early drinking, the wine proffers a lot of pleasure. 90-92 Pts
2,185 Views Tasted Aug 1, 2009
At close to peak, this medium bodied wine delivers that elusive combination of ripe, sweet fruits, freshness, soft, elegant textures and a sweet, balanced, earthy, dark cherry and coffee bean filled finish.
2,003 Views Tasted Dec 13, 2017
Already open and accessible, licorice, coffee, black cherry, cocoa and spicy aromas play well the sensuous textures and rich, chocolate covered cherry, fennel and blackberry finish.
4,090 Views Tasted Dec 18, 2011