It's Bordeaux time: Chateau Brown 2006

I don’t drink as much Bordeaux as I should. I admit it: as possibly the world’s most important fine wine region, it doesn’t get enough coverage on wineanorak as it should. Here’s my attempt to begin making amends, with a Pessac-Leognan (an appellation that I have some fondness for). Brown is hard to find in the UK, but when you do it’s one of Bordeaux’ best values – I bought a case of the 2004 a couple of years ago for £130 all in from Albany, and it’s drinking very nicely in a classic Bordeaux style.

Château Brown 2006 Pessac-Léognan, Bordeaux
13% alcohol. 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot, 5% Petit Verdot, from a 28 hectare property. There’s quite a serious wine here, although it’s a little obscured by new oak at the moment. Lovely gravelly blackcurrant fruit dominates, with some taut structure and good acidity. The defining feature is the focused, dense, minerally gravelly core to the fruit, although there are some more superficial notes of chocolate and coffee, too. Will develop well over the next five years, when I reckon it will peak. 90/100

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