The Graves is one of the oldest vine growing areas in the Bordeaux region, established for several centuries before the marshes of the Médoc were drained in the 18th Century. Here both red and white wines of the highest quality are produced, the deep gravel soils produce wines of character, depth and elegance.
This sophisticated dry white is a perfect wine for entertaining. This is a classy all rounder showing elegance and character as an aperitif and the weight and richness to accompany all the courses of a meal from starter through to the cheese course.
Chateau Brown has a growing reputation for high quality wines both red and white wines, it’s ideally placed in the northern Graves, within the elite Pessac-Léognan appellation on the outskirts of Bordeaux. This estate of 50 hectares has committed new owners determined to unlock its potential. Recent vintages have been spectacular successes, prices remain reasonable for the amazing quality when compared to peers such as Smith Haut Lafitte or Domaine de Chevalier. It there offers great value for money and is surely a candidate for Grand Cru Classé de Graves in the any new Graves re-classification.
The resurection of the property is recent, the estate was in a sorry state for much of the twentieth century, at its nadir it lay fallow, with no vines planted at all. As a consequence it was not included in the 1953/1959 classification. Over the last twenty years the vineyard has been replanted and the winery brought up to date with rows of gleaming steel vats and the latest press technology by owner Bernard Barthe, completing much of this work before he sold a majority share to the Mau and Dirkzweger families in 2004. From that time day to day management has been handled by Jean-Christophe Mau.
The vast majority of the estate’s output is red, the Chateau Brown blanc is therefore quite rare, with less than 1700 cases produced per year. A classic blend of 70% Sauvignon blended with 30% Semillon, the grapes are picked manually, before pressing and a cool maceration on the skins before fermentation in a combination of stainless steel vats and new oak barrels. The wine is then matured in oak casks for 8 months, 50% which are new, imparting a subtle vanilla note and creamy texture to the wine. In bottle it is the Semillon that defines the character of the wine, with fresh ripe citrus fruit on the nose and a broad dry palate of fine mineral fruit; it develops a richer texture as it evolves.
Chateau Brown blanc, Pessac-Léognan 2007 £266.04 x12 inc VAT £22.17 each
Rich yellow gold colour
The complex fresh nose displays plentiful honeyed lemon, other citrus fruits with hints of buttered toast.
The palate is full, dry and flinty with mouth-watering zesty freshness, the wine broadens nicely when served with food, showing a more complex honeyed mineral character and good length.
Tasting note by Neil Stewart
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