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2014 Brown Rouge, Pessac-Léognan

SKU #1303672 91-93 points Vinous

Outer quote mark A dark, explosive wine, the 2014 Brown hits the palate with tons of intensity and breadth. Black fruit, smoke, mint, leather and tobacco wrap around the huge, structured finish in a wine that brings together intense fruit with an equally imposing sense of structure. Consulting winemaker Frédéric Massie continues to do impressive work at Brown, a historic estate in Pessac-Léognan that seems to be on the rise. There is a lot to like and look forward to. The blend is 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot and 5% Petit Verdot. (AG) Inner quote mark (4/2015)

92 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark Very solid, with a core of gently steeped black currant and plum fruit that shows ample depth, while notes of bay, loam and bramble run underneath. A loamy edge echoes longest, thanks to well-embedded acidity. (JM) Inner quote mark (3/2017)

90-92 points Wine Enthusiast

Outer quote mark Barrel Sample. This château in the middle of Bordeaux suburbs is now on good form, producing a wine that is firm and structured, with dark tannins and ample acidity. (RV) Inner quote mark (3/2015)

91 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark Quite a savory wine in which the cassis and cranberry fruit rather sit in the background, but the tannins are moderate in this context, and that makes the wine very approachable. Better in two years but already delicious. Inner quote mark (2/2017)

91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark The 2014 Brown, now in bottle, is building on the promise it showed in barrel. It has a ripe and generous bouquet with upfront cedar-infused black fruit. This property is always a little feisty in its youth and this 2014 is no different, though it needs 3-4 years to fully assimilate the new oak. The palate is medium-bodied with crisp tannin, delicious black fruit laced with tobacco and spices, gently fanning out towards the finish that offers commendable substance and length. A Pessac-Léognan property that I feel is undervalued in the marketplace, this 2014 Château Brown comes recommended and should drink well for 15-20 years. (NM) Inner quote mark (3/2017)

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By: Clyde Beffa Jr. | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/31/2017 | Send Email
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We sold almost 2000 bottles of their great 2009 and 2010 vintages at $34 to $39 dollars. This wine is close in quality and less than $25 makes it the bargain for 2014 Bordeaux. I agree with James Molesworth's notes. I am a 93 on it. "Very solid, with a core of gently steeped black currant and plum fruit that shows ample depth, while notes of bay, loam and bramble run underneath. A loamy edge echoes longest, thanks to well-embedded acidity."
Drink from 2017 to 2027

By: Jacques Moreira | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/3/2017 | Send Email
As always, this very reliable château has in 2014 not disappointed. Quite the contrary. Its full full body wine, with notes of coffee and brown sugar, still need time in the cellar to mellow out its tannins. For sure a wine for the cellars - a good 10 to 20 years will do.

By: Steve Bearden | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/31/2017 | Send Email
This is a delicious young wine that will only get better with time. There is a touch of brawn to the edge of the blackberry and currant fruit and the high quality oak buffers the intense minerality. This is dark and pure. Decanting recommended.

By: Jeff Garneau | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/30/2017 | Send Email
A cool summer followed by warm, nearly perfect autumn weather in 2014 yielded a wine with lively acidity combined with generous ripe, sweet fruit. Loads of red and black fruits here – raspberries and cherries – with a deft touch of spicy oak (40% new). Nicely mineral in expression. Terrific value. Very well-priced. 55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 42% Merlot, 3% Petit Verdot.

By: Gary Westby | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/9/2017 | Send Email
The Chateau Brown 2014 is my top value in fine Cabernet blends in the store. This graceful blend of 55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 42% Merlot and 3% Petit Verdot is an outstanding ambassador for the fresh and delicious 2014's. It has all of the dark cassis fruit that we love in Cab, but without the sugar, excessive alcohol and big tannins. This will make a wonderful partner to steaks on the grill, with its great cut and moreish refreshment. Save room in your cellar- it is only going to get better!
Top Value! Drink from 2017 to 2034

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