Château Brown 2006 a smart, well made wine with a powerful bouquet


The label ‘Grand Vin de Bordeaux’ does not always deliver what it implies, but in the Château Brown 2006 case you are tasting a good wine. A powerful bouquet wins you over with warm, ripe fruit in the nose and black -black currant- fruits with some added spiciness, minerality and notes of dark chocolate on the palate. Château Brown 2006 shows a solid structure underneath all this initial fruitiness with still powerful tannins, a good acidity and well integrated oak. The 2006 has a style that is both firm and precise further supported by a composed and focused structure. The Château Brown 2006 is a blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot, 5% Petit Verdot. We drank it at a vertical tasting, but it is a good gourmet wine too. This smart, well made wine by winemaker Jean-Christophe Mau in the northern enclave of Pessac-Léognan is in my opinion one of Bordeaux’ best values.

Pessac-Léognan forms part of the Graves region, named for the gravelly terroir, although the depth of gravel varies per plot. At a visit, earlier in 2012, we had the opportunity to taste both the unblended 2011 Château Brown white and red wines as well as the blended ones. To taste the difference and to sense what the right blend can do to enhance the characteristics of the different grapes and plots was quite an experience and one I would recommend, given the opportunity.


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