Jean Luc Thunevin Bordeaux
About Jean Luc Thunevin
Jean Luc Thunevin became a well known figure in the wine world in less than a decade, thanks to its successful garage wine, Château Valandraud. It’s probably when tasting Le Pin, a Pomerol wine produced from a very small vineyard, that the desire to make a great wine by himself started. Obsessed by wine, opiniated and determined, he finally realized his dream in 1991, first vintage of Château Valandraud. This was the start of a fantastic adventure leading to a quick success.
From then on, he became the inspiration and kind of a leader for other garagistes. All these micro cuvées coming from low yield to become concentrated wines. The vineyard work is under the strict supervision of Murielle, Jean Luc’s wife, who leads her team to respect each vine and adapt the pruning individually, systematic deleafing campaigns and of course green harvesting are on the menu. Jean Luc aims to harvest at full maturity, he also copied the Burgundy vinification ways (pigeage…) to reach an optimum concentration. The wine is produced with a constant research of excellency.
Throughout his years of passionate work, Jean Luc Thunevin has mastered a know how that is now beneficial to other chateaux, such as Fleur Cardinale (Saint Emilion Grand Cru Classé), Château Sansonnet (Saint Emilion Grand Cru Classé), Château La Vieille Cure (Fronsac). He has previrously worked for Château Marojallia (Margaux), Branon (Graves) or Château La Dominique (Saint Emilion Grand Cru Classé). Murielle Andraud and Jean Luc Thunevin are owners and producers in Pomerol too with Clos du Beau Père and Domaine des Sabines (Lalande de Pomerol) and are also the co owners of Domaine Thunevin–Calvet in Roussillon.
All Thunevin produced wines are sold via the Thunevin wine merchant company.