2009 Brown Rouge, Pessac-Léognan

SKU #1129459 92 points Wine Enthusiast

 A deeply rich-colored and flavored wine, smooth and showing the great ripeness of the vintage. Acidity and firm tannins offer structure to what is a spicy, fruity wine, dominated by fresh black plum and prune flavors.  (2/2012)

92 points Wine Spectator

 Very tight, delivering espresso, iron and kirsch notes wound up at the core, covered for now with bay leaf, tar and roasted mesquite flavors. The long finish has nicely buried racy acidity. This is more lean muscle than overt power, and should age nicely. Best from 2013 through 2021.  (4/2012)

Jancis Robinson

 Oddly aromatic! Perhaps just a tiny tad overripe but relaxed and easy and really quite opulent. Take it easy sort of wine. Nice drink. Fragrant sort of Cabernet Franc type of nose. Reasonably gentle texture. A little heat on the finish but generally well judged.  (4/2010)

K&L Notes

A fabulous wine for the future, but packed with so much sweet fruit you'll be tempted to drink it now. There's a dark rich color to it, full of minerals and iron notes, but the wine is so soft on the finish that everything glides down almost too easily.

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Staff Image By: David Driscoll | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/2/2015 | Send Email
This 2009 Brown truly gives you the best of both worlds as a wine drinker. You can open it now and revel in the lush fruit, the soft velvet texture, the minerality on the finish, and the notes of violet and crushed herbs. Or you can cellar it for another 10+ years and wait for all those wonderful flavors to congeal further. As someone who works in a wine store, I understand how confusing it can be for a customer to be handed a bottle of something, then told not to open it for another decade. It's tough to build a base of young and upcoming Bordeaux drinkers when everything they buy they're not allowed to touch anytime in their youth. But the Brown Rouge gives you options: drink it now, or drink it later. It doesn't matter when you drink it. It's going to be amazing no matter what.

Staff Image By: Clyde Beffa Jr. | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/12/2015 | Send Email
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You can't miss here and the wine is $5 a bottle less than last time-Thanks to "King dollar". We have sold over 150 cases of this beauty. Tons of toasty oak and minerality. Delicious for next ten years.
Drink from 2015 to 2025

Staff Image By: Ralph Sands | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/15/2014 | Send Email
This is my pick for Bordeaux that is drinking well but won't break the bank! I was in Bordeaux in 2005 for a big blind tasting of 1995 wines from California vs Bordeaux, when a negociant told me the new young director of Ch. Brown Jean-Christophe Mau was going to do great things at Ch. Brown (they've had vines planted there since the 12th century). I agreed to go and meet him at his other estate (Preuillac) located in the far reaches/middle of nowhere of the upper Medoc. I found him perched 15 feet above the ground on a portable sorting table helping to sort out the non perfect fruit. I could tell this guy was passionate and intense. He invited me to visit him at Ch. Brown and I found him doing the same thing there but in the winery. The Brown wine always had a rustic-tough feel to it but Jean-Christophe told me that he was confident that after he analyzed the condition and health of every vine on the property and greatly reduced yields, that he would make wine of great purity without the rustic edge. I've tasted the wine every year since in April and the wine has improved dramatically.

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Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

- Cabernet Sauvignon has come a long way from its role as a blending varietal, however dominant, in the wines of Bordeaux. Today it is the most planted red varietal in the world. Identified as a descendent of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, the late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon needs to be planted in warmer climates to fully ripen. Its small berries can easily be identified for their distinctive blue color, thick skins and high tannins. And while the varietal has its own definitive characteristics: green pepper-like aromas and black currant flavors among them, it is perhaps most prized for its ability to convey terroir, vintage and winemaking. A relatively new varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon started making inroads into the wines of the M├ędoc and Graves in the late-18th century. Today it is also dominant in the up-and-coming Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux and can also be found in Southwest France. It is the companion varietal to Sangiovese in Italy's Super Tuscans and is planted all over Europe, stretching to lesser-known winegrowing regions like Russia and Lebanon. In the Americas Cabernet Sauvignon has found champions in every nook and cranny of California and among winemakers in Washington, where it complements plantings of Merlot. In South America, Cab thrives in Chile, but can also be found in smaller amounts in Argentina and even in Mexico.


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- Graves is the large red and white wine region located to the southeast of the city of Bordeaux along the Garonne River. Cabernet Sauvignon dominates the red wines from the area, while the whites are mixtures of Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon. The most important area within the Graves is the village of Pessac-Leognan. Most of the great chateaux, including Haut Brion, a premier cru and the only wine outside of the Medoc to be included in the 1855 Classification, are located in this small appellation. Graves derives its name from the rocky, stony terrain of the region. Many people believe that the stony soil radiates the day's heat at night and thus makes the grapes ripen earlier than the other regions in Bordeaux.