France: Bordeaux


Easy reach from the city of Bordeaux - and truly excellent wines
By Jane Anson

This Guide was last updated on 12 May 2010
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Château Brown

Address: 5 Avenue de la Liberté, 33850 Léognan
Tel: 05 56 87 08 10 
Geo-coordinates:  Latitude: 44:45:31N (44.75860)    Longitude: -0:35:32W (-0.59220) 

Château Brown dates back to the 12th century, when Aquitaine was under English control, and takes its name from the Scottish négociant, John Lewis Brown. Widely renowned in the 19th century, it ceased as a working vineyard in the 1950s, before being replanted in the 1970s, and so was not included in the 1959 classification for Graves, although no one doubts its quality today. Recently bought by Jean-Christophe Mau, one of the most frank and interesting producers in Bordeaux, his family used to own one of the region's biggest négociant houses, Yvon Mau (now owned by Spanish Cava giants Freixenet), and also own Château Preuillac in the Médoc. Oenologist Stéphane Derenoncourt, together with Jean-Christophe, favours whole bunch pressing, open vat fermentation in wooden barrels, and natural yeasts at every stage.

Useful information: Free tour and tasting for individuals by appointment 08.00-12.00, 14.00-17.00 Monday - Friday (€5 per person for groups of 10-50). The tour lasts around 1 1/2 hours, and takes you out into the vineyard and through the cellars. English spoken. Sales direct at property.


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