An entire village that had been abandoned by the middle of the 20th century, was beautifully restored in 2003.
The work of Jean-Michel Cazes and dedicated to the vine and the Pauillac region.
The village, which is more a hamlet to be honest, has been designed with the art of hospitality in mind, it offers a bistro, fine bakery and grocery store, shops and bike workshop all arranged around the central square. Cellar tours are held throughout the year.
History & Culture in Pauillac
The Cazes family have owned the Château Lynch-Bages since 1939, the Cazes family spread its viticultural wings and developed a model brand of tourism that is steeped in a tradition of hospitality. From the Ariège mountains to the vineyards of the Mèdoc and elsewhere, the story is about journeys.
Like many others, the Cazes-family were labourers from the Ariège region of southwest France who left their mountains in 1875 and set up home in the Médoc. Starting as a baker in Pauillac, Jean-Charles Cazes, took charge of Lynch-Bages in 1939.
He crafted a wine that rapidly gained recognition.
André Cazes, the youngest of his four sons, was studying law, but was dragged into the turmoil of the Second World War, taken prisoner, and didn’t make his way back to Pauillac until after the Allied victory. Once home he went into insurance and it was not until the 1960s that he took the reins of the property. And like his father before him, his influence was decisive. He regenerated and expanded the vineyard, which attained almost 100 hectares at the end of the 1990s.
After his studies in engineering, André’s son Jean-Michel returned to Pauillac in 1973. He was accompanied by his Portuguese wife Thereza whose family came originally from Mozambique. Their marriage, officiated in Pauillac by André Cazes – at that time the mayor of the commune – was the building block of a family that became increasingly cosmopolitan. Their three Paris-born daughters, Kinou, Marina and Catherine, were soon joined by Jean-Charles, who made his entrance in Bordeaux shortly after their arrival.
This family history is traced in the book Lynch-Bages & Co., a family, a wine and 52 recipes.
Luxury Hotels in Pauillac
It is possible to stay in this small peaceful village as the Château Cordeillan-Bages is not only a vineyard but also a luxury hotel.