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Château Brown

09.11.22

Ana Waldburg

Château Brown is located in the iconic sub-region Graves in the South-Western French wine region, Bordeaux. It belongs to the appellation of Pessac- Leognan. The Château's philosophy is to cultivate vines worthy of a Cru Classé to make precise, consistent, haute-couture wines. 

According to the owner, Jean-Christophe Mau, "90% of the potential of each vintage comes from the vines," so it is critical for him to be present at every stage of the winemaking process. 

Château Brown has been actively involved in a sustainable agriculture process since 2012, gradually incorporating an Environmental Management System into its daily operations. 

Château Brown then committed to the process of obtaining HEV certification, which it received in January 2018. Château Brown's goal is to go even further in creating and developing a true natural ecosystem and combating monoculture, so the estate has continued to set up various campaigns promoting biodiversity: in the vines with cover crops and reduced use of plant protection products, or alongside the vines with the installation of beehives, flower farms, or bat and bird boxes. 

The estate's 31 hectares are divided into plots that allocate an average of 70% of the harvest to the Grand Vin (80,000 bottles of red, 20,000 bottles of white) and 20% to the second wine. 

While it was unclassified in 1959, it is now considered Cru Classé de Graves and thus represents excellent value for money. "A brilliant estate that deserves to be widely followed, Ch Brown is owned, in a personal capacity, by Jean-Christophe Mau of the Yvon Mau négociant house," Jane Anson wrote in her recent book, Inside Bordeaux. It is located on the outskirts of Bordeaux, in the northern corner of Léognan, on one of the region's earliest ripening sites. Since late 2004, Mau has been the estate's owner and director, and he has brought it renewed recognition and dynamism, producing a relatively modern and international-style wine that is highly appealing." 

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