Château Brown: Vineyards

Château Brown is located on the boundaries of the communes of Gradignan, Villenave-d’Ornon and Léognan on the very edge of the city of Bordeaux. Its nearest neighbour is directly to the south, this being Château Olivier, and beyond that is the town of Léognan itself. A number of other near neighbours, just to the south-east, include Carbonnieux, Larrivet-Haut-Brion and La Louvière. Although largely surrounded by the suburbs of Léognan and Villenave d’Ornon, there is also a significant enclave of woodland to the west of the estate, one which also extends around the neighbouring Olivier vineyard.

Château Brown

At present there are approximately 25 hectares of the estate dedicated to vines, although this is a figure currently in flux due to ongoing work in developing the vineyard. The most significant development is the acquisition of 11 hectares of the aforementioned woodland that lies to the west of the vineyard, on the back of an analysis undertaken there by the internationally renowned soil expert Claude Bourguignon. Jean-Christophe Mau owns a large amount of fallow land around the vineyard that could be more easily planted, without the need to uproot any trees, but it is quality of the terroir rather than ease of planting that is his prime concern.

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