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Clos Badon History, Overview
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. They are often seen 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 vineyards of Clos Badon Thunevin are situated between the vines of Pavie and Larcis Ducasse, so as you can see, they have some very good neighbors. The parcels are located across the street from Chateau Pavie, on the flat lands, that look up at the plateau. Jean Luc and Murielle purchased Clos Badon Thunevin after another St. Emilion vineyard they were looking at, Cadet Bon, was bought by the owners of Chateau Canon. The Right Bank property became part of Ets Thunevin in 1998. The wines of Clos Badon Thunevin are made by the same team that is in charge of the wine making at Valandraud. Since 2007, Murielle Andraud is calling the shots these days for this likable, ripe, fun to drink, fairly priced, Saint Emilion, Bordeaux wine.
Clos Badon Vineyards, Terroir, Grapes, Winemaking
The 6.5 hectare Bordeaux vineyard of Clos Badon Thunevin is on a terroir of sand, gravel, quartz, clay and limestone soils. The vineyard is planted to 50% Merlot, 40% Cabernet Franc and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon. Although the Cabernet Sauvignon is not always used in the blend. The vineyards of Clos Badon are planted to a vine density of 5,500 vines per hectare. On average the vines of Clos Badon Thunevin are close to 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 1,200 cases of Clos Badon Thunevin are produced per year.
Serving and Decanting Clos Badon with Wine and Food Pairings
Clos Badon is best served at 15.5 degrees Celsius, 60 degrees Fahrenheit. The cool, almost cellar temperature gives the wine more freshness and lift. Young vintages can be decanted for 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. Clos Badon 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.
Clos Badon Thunevin Wine Tasting Notes
10 Vintages 14987 Views Sort Vintage - Rating
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.
Apr 29, 2017points - Tasted 699 Views
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.
Apr 29, 2016points - Tasted 975 Views
Earthy, lush black cherries with a fleshy, sweet, licorice and cocoa finish. 88-90 Pts
Apr 27, 2015points - Tasted 1087 Views
From 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc, the wine reached 13.5% alcohol and offers notes of vanilla bean and dark cherry, an open personality and a sweet, tart and plummy finish. 87-89 Pts
Apr 28, 2014points - Tasted 1114 Views
Showing depth of color, the wine is earthy with dark berries and a wild strawberry and dark chocolate finish. 87-89 Pts
Apr 26, 2013points - Tasted 1148 Views
90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc create the blend. The wine reached 13.5% alcohol 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
Apr 24, 2012points - Tasted 1035 Views
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
Apr 22, 2011points - Tasted 2203 Views
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
Aug 1, 2011points - Tasted 2361 Views
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
Aug 1, 2009points - Tasted 1633 Views
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.
Dec 18, 2011points - Tasted 2732 Views