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Chateau Brown History, Overview
The history of Chateau Brown dates back almost 1,000 years! Vines were first planted at this location around 1200 BC! The estate takes its name from one of its earlier owners, John Lewis Brown, who moved to Bordeaux from Scotland during the later part of the 18th century. John Lewis Brown also owned Chateau Cantenac Brown in the Margaux appellation.
However, the modern age for Chateau Brown starts in 1939, when it was purchased by Andre Bonnel. The estate stopped producing wine at some point during the 1950’s and the vineyards fell into a dilapidated state. Chateau Brown was sold to Jean-Christophe Mau in 2004.
Within a few years of purchasing Chateau Brown, the family sold their interests in the negociant company and focused their efforts on improving the Bordeaux wine produced by Chateau Brown and their other estates. To aid in this effort, the family hired the famed wine consultant, Stephane Derenoncourt.
In 2018, Chateau Brown earned their HVE (High Environmental Certification), due to their extensive commitment to green farming. To coincide with this, they also updated their label design. To celebrate this, the estate updated their labels with a new design, starting with the 2016 vintage.
Chateau Brown Vineyards, Terroir, Grapes, Winemaking
The terroir at Chateau Brown is gravel based, with some clay, sandstone and iron deposits in the soil. In addition to the vineyards, Chateau Brown has 30 hectares devoted to trees, parkland, beehives and gardens creating a bio-diverse environment.
The 31 hectare vineyard of Chateau Brown has 26.5 hectares planted to 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot and 5% Petit Verdot for the production of red wine. Chateau Brown maintains 4.5 hectares of Bordeaux white wine grape varietals which consist of 70% Sauvignon Blanc and 30% Semillon.
The vineyard is planted to a vine density of 7,400 vines per hectare. This is a higher level of density than in the past. This was achieved after a complete replanting that began in 1994, and was completed in late 2019. This not only increased the density, but also changed the direction of many of the vineyard rows to a north to south direction. This will allow for better ripeness and more concentration. The vines are on average, 20 years of age.
To produce the red wine of Chateau Brown, vinification takes place in large, 100 hectoliter, temperature controlled, stainless steel vats and aged in 33% to 40% new, French oak barrels for between 12 and 16 months, depending on the style and character of the vintage.
To produce the white Bordeaux wine of Chateau Brown, fermentation takes place in smaller, 50 hectoliter, stainless steel vats. The white wines are aged in 50% new, French oak barrels for an average of 8 months.
There is a second wine which is sold under two different names, for both the red and white wine of Chateau Brown; Le Colombier de Brown and La Pommeraie de Brown. On average, Chateau Brown produces close to 5,000 cases of red Bordeaux wine per vintage from their Pessac Leognan estate and less than 300 cases of white wine per year.
The Best Vintages of Chateau Brown are: 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2012, 2010, 2009 and 2005.
When to Drink Chateau Brown, Anticipated Maturity, Decanting Time
Chateau Brown can be enjoyed on the young side with decanting. Young vintages can be decanted for an average of 1-2 hours, give or take. This allows the wine to soften and open its perfume. Older vintages might need very little decanting, just enough to remove the sediment.
Chateau Brown is usually better with at least 5-8 years of bottle age. Of course that can vary slightly, depending on the vintage character. Chateau Brown offers its best drinking and should reach peak maturity between 9-20 years of age after the vintage.
Serving Chateau Brown, with Wine, Food, Pairing Tips
Chateau Brown is best served at 15.5 degrees Celsius, 60 degrees Fahrenheit. The cool, almost cellar temperature gives the wine more freshness and lift.
The red wine of Chateau Brown is best served with all types of classic meat dishes, veal, pork, beef, lamb, duck, game, roast chicken, roasted, braised and grilled dishes. Chateau Brown is a perfect match with Asian dishes, hearty fish courses like tuna, mushrooms and pasta as well as cheese.
The white wine of Chateau Brown is a perfect wine to serve with shellfish, sashimi, sushi, all types of seafood, chicken, veal and cheese.
Château Brown Wine Tasting Notes
16 Vintages 43,796 Views Sort by Vintage-Rating
|2018||Château Brown (Pessac-Léognan)|
Wet earth, smoke, thyme, mint and red pit fruits create the nose. On the palate, the wine is medium bodied, fresh, silky and loaded with sweet, dark cherries. This is going to be even better with 3-5 years of age. 91-93 Pts
1,110 Views Tasted Apr 19, 2019
|2018||Château Brown Blanc (Pessac-Léognan)|
Juicy, bright, crisp lemons, grapefruit, vanilla and florals are here from start to finish. Medium-bodied and ready to go, drink this over the first few years of life for the maximum amount of fruit and freshness.
858 Views Tasted Apr 19, 2019
|2017||Château Brown Blanc (Pessac-Léognan)|
The wine is loaded with ripe, fresh, bright lemons, grapefruit and a hint of orange blossom. Fresh, lively and crisp, you'll find hints of green apple in the finish.
1,249 Views Tasted Apr 26, 2018
|2017||Château Brown (Pessac-Léognan)|
Medium bodied, juicy and forward, there is a groovy smoky character to the red fruits. Tobacco leaf and herbs kick in on the back end. The wine will benefit from a few years of bottle age.
1,424 Views Tasted Apr 26, 2018
|2016||Château Brown (Pessac-Léognan)|
Medium bodied, juicy, smoky, ripe, dark fruits, lush textures, polished tannins and a supple, smoky finish.
2,336 Views Tasted Apr 29, 2017
|2016||Château Brown Blanc (Pessac-Léognan)|
Ripe yellow citrus and honeysuckle, with round, sweet, green apple and notes of pomelo in the finish.
1,888 Views Tasted May 1, 2017
|2015||Château Brown Blanc (Pessac-Léognan)|
Crisp, bright, fresh citrus, vanilla, stone and a zippy, sweet pomelo finish shine through in this stylish, well-priced, white Bordeaux wine.
1,698 Views Tasted Apr 23, 2016
|2015||Château Brown (Pessac-Léognan)|
Fresh, ripe, soft fruits, medium-bodied and refined on the palate, this wine could definitely improve once it's in the bottle. 89 - 91 Pts
2,440 Views Tasted Apr 23, 2016
|2014||Château Brown (Pessac-Léognan)|
Licorice, smoke and sweet blackberry scents open the perfume. This wine is soft, forward, medium-bodied, approachable and finishes with a blast of ripe, black cherries. 88-89 Pts
2,826 Views Tasted Apr 24, 2015
|2013||Château Brown (Pessac-Léognan)|
With incense, coffee bean, licorice and plum on the nose, this enjoyable wine is easy to drink with its open personality filled with light red berries. The wine is aging in 40% new French oak. 86-88 Pts
2,690 Views Tasted Apr 21, 2014
|2012||Château Brown (Pessac-Léognan)|
Smoke, earth, spice, tobacco and licorice aromas blend well with the medium-bodied, soft, silky and spicy red and black fruits, round textures and forward style. 87-89 Pts
4,366 Views Tasted Apr 25, 2013
|2011||Château Brown (Pessac-Léognan)|
Produced from a blend of 50% Merlot, 45% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Petit Verdot, the wine opens with smoke, caramel, coffee and jammy black cherry notes. Round, supple and fresh, this forward wine finishes with chocolate, coffee and cherry. 88-90 Pts
4,394 Views Tasted Apr 25, 2012
|2010||Château Brown (Pessac-Léognan)|
Brown is produced from 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot and 5% Petit Verdot. Ripe, jammy berries, cassis, earth and spice lead to a round, supple, lush style of wine. Stephane Derenoncourt is starting to turn this property around. 89-91 Pts
4,556 Views Tasted Apr 22, 2011
|2009||Château Brown (Pessac-Léognan)|
With a nose of coffee, smoke, blackberry and crème de cassis, this blend of 70% Cabernet Sauvignon and 30% Merlot produced a wine offering round textures, soft tannins and a ripe, spicy dark berry and jam filled finish.
3,727 Views Tasted Mar 20, 2014
2009 Brown has a personality of dark fruit and licorice. This is an early drinking, crowd pleaser style of wine. 88-90 Pts
3,625 Views Tasted Aug 26, 2010
|2008||Château Brown Blanc (Pessac-Léognan)|
Fully mature, the wine retains some of its crispness but has taken on aged honeyed attributes to accompany the citrus and green apple core of fruit. This is starting to tire and oxidize, so drink up.
1,583 Views Tasted Dec 19, 2019
|2005||Château Brown (Pessac-Léognan)|
A charming Pessac Leognan with smoke, dark cherries, cassis and earthy scents. Medium/full bodied with soft textures, the wine finishes with round, spicy plum sensations. This is already drinking well. This will not make old bones. I'd drink it over the next 5-8 years.
3,026 Views Tasted Sep 25, 2011