Château Brown: Jean-Christophe Mau

The Mau family were once in control of one of the largest Bordeaux négociant firms, the eponymously named Yvon Mau. The Yvon Mau in question starting out cycling from one vineyard to the next on a penny farthing, buying wines as he did so, and from this small beginning grew a large business of international repute. Nevertheless, at the opening of the 21st century the family decided that their future lay not in the generic-level wines the négociant firm was famous for, but at the quality end of the spectrum. With this realisation they made the decision to sell the négociant arm. The buyer was Freixenet, perhaps best known as a large-scale producer of Spanish cava.

Château Brown

With the revenue generated, the family looked to invest in a prestigious appellation, far away from the struggling bargain basement world of generic Bordeaux, where competition from the New World was increasing year on year. Jean-Christophe Mau, originally trained as an accountant but newly returned to Bordeaux to take up the family business, led the search for a suitable property.

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