Château Bel Air Ouy Saint Emilion Grand Cru 2010 Château Bel Air Ouy Saint Emilion Grand Cru 2010 Château Bel Air Ouy Saint Emilion Grand Cru 2010 Download PDF

Specifications
Winery Jean Luc Thunevin Selections
VarietiesMerlot
Farming PracticesLutte Raisonnée
Soilsclayey limestone
Hectares/Acres6.5 ha
Altitude100 m
Harvest TechniqueManual
Year Vines Were Planted1985
Yeastselected natural
Fermentationnew oak
Malolacticfull
Maturation18 months
Sulfuryes
Filterno
Finingunfined
Alcohol14.0%
Item NoFR910-10
Size750ML
Bottle Case12
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Sub-region Saint-Émilion
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Château Bel Air Ouy Saint Emilion Grand Cru 2010
Story

Bordeaux ‘Bad Boy’ Jean-Luc Thunevin, and his wife Murielle Andraud, bought their first plot of unclassified Bordeaux vines in 1989, in Saint-Émillion. Working against the grain, Thunevin aimed for low yields and in 1991 released his first vintage of Chateau Valandraud, one of the world’s first “garage wines”.

Using new oak and favoring extraction, Thunevin rocked the industry in France, not caring what anyone was thinking.  Each year, Thunevin increased his production, while Robert Parker fed him points.

In 1995, Chateau Valandraud wine won a 95 rating from Parker, and soon, its wines were out-pricing established Bordeaux classified growths. Coined a “bad boy” and a “black sheep” by Parker, Thunevin crumbled the clos in Bordeaux, home to a very traditional practice.  He began as an innovator from off the map, who modeled an alternative for the aspiring garagiste wine producer. A self-coined “modern winemaker”, Jean-Luc now produces six different wines at Chateau Valandraud, but he’s also a Bordeaux négociant for Jean-Luc Thunevin Selections.  

As the holder of about 20 properties, including Chateau Valandraud, Virginie de Valandraud, Chateau Bel Air Ouy, Chateau Prieuré Lescours and Clos Badon Thunevin, all of which are Grand Cru vineyards in St Emilion, Jean-Luc represents an additional 25 to 30 properties, mostly located in the area of Bordeaux, especially the Right Bank.

Accolades

"Lush and inviting, with deliciously creamy and nicely toasty dark boysenberry, blackberry and steeped raspberry fruit. There's lots of anise and toasted spice inlaid on the finish, which coats the palate with ample length." JM, Wine Spectator