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Jean-Michel Cazes

Jean-Michel Cazes

Jean-Michel Cazes

Jean-Michel Cazes moved to Pauillac in July 1973 with his wife and their four children. His father André, the insurance broker and Mayor, entrusted him with the task of looking after the vineyards. The former IBM engineer was soon able to put his professional knowledge and experience to good use, initiating the modernisation and development Lynch-Bages and Ormes de Pez.

In 1987, he took part in the creation of Axa-Millésimes, which he went on to manage for 14 years. In 1988, he acquired new properties: Villa Bel-Air in the Graves, and then La Livinière in the Languedoc – which was renamed L’Ostal Cazes – followed by the Domaine des Sénéchaux in Châteauneuf-du-Pape in 2005.

He also created new wines in Portugal and Australia, in partnership with family companies. In 1992, the Michel Lynch brand completed the range. In 2001 he formed the JM CAZES Sélection company, aimed at publicising those of his wines that require specific marketing.

Jean-Michel Cazes has placed Lynch-Bages at the core of an art of living that he promotes and which is shared nowadays at Cordeillan-Bages or in village de Bages.

President of the Pauillac’s winegrowers’ union, he is also the director of the Conseil des Vins du Médoc and Vice-Grand Maître of the Commanderie du Bontemps, an organisation that he chaired for many a year and which remains dear to his heart.

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Jean-Charles Cazes

Jean-Charles Cazes

Jean-Charles Cazes

Born in Bordeaux in 1974, Jean-Charles Cazes manages all the family vineyards, both in France and abroad.

A graduate in economics and finance and holder of the DUAD (tasting diploma), he set out on his career in Brazil, as a financial controller. A wine enthusiast, in 2001 he became the sales manager for JM. CAZES Sélection in Scandinavia, the UK and in the USA.

In 2006, he naturally took over from his father Jean-Michel Cazes. At his instigation, the Domaine des Sénéchaux at Châteauneuf-du-Pape was acquired that same year. On a permanent quest for quality and excellence, he was awarded the Prix de l’Innovation in 2013 by the Revue des Vins de France for the VINIV concept

From his Médoc peninsula, he can satisfy a pleasure other than his love of wine: surfing. Each year he turns up without fail for the mascaret, that famous tidal bore on the River Gironde that is surfed upstream while the sun is still in the vineyards.

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Sylvie Cazes

Sylvie Cazes

Sylvie Cazes

Back in 1991, Sylvie Cazes, the younger sister of Jean-Michel Cazes, joined up with him and became director of communications of Axa Millésimes and of the family properties. She was president of the Union des grands crus de Bordeaux.

Currently the president of the family group’s supervisory board and president of the board of directors of the Bordeaux Cité des civilisations du vin, she also runs the Bordeaux saveurs agency and the Chapon Fin Restaurant.

In 2013, along with her three children, Pierre, Julie and François Régimbeau, she purchased Château Chauvin, a beautiful 15-hectare estate near Pomerol, in the north-west of Saint-Emilion.

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Marina Cazes

Marina Cazes

In charge of digital communications for a group with a global outlook, Marina Cazes puts to good use her capacity for dialogue and her knowledge of the family business, its individuals and its industry.

Possessing a DESS postgraduate qualification in English-Portuguese translation, and having worked as a software translator in Amsterdam and Utrecht in the Netherlands, she then she found herself far from her Médoc. and a strong bond draw her to where she had begun. She often travels to Africa (Mozambique, Namibia, Zimbabwe…) to take part in humanitarian or environmental missions. Today, she assures the contact between Lynch-Bages and the outside world both in the field and through our Internet sites.

Having recently chosen Pauillac as her home base, she's restoring the attractive modern house on the banks of the Garonne river that her grand-father André Cazes built in 1956

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Kinou Cazes Hachemian

Kinou Cazes Hachemian

Kinou Cazes Hachemian

Wine and the art of living is the recurrent interest of Kinou Cazes Hachemian. Together with her father Jean-Michel, she is the leading light of Bages. Living near New York City with her husband and children, she selects objects connected with wine and gastronomy from across the world, as well as the creations of designers and the works of art that are to be found everywhere in the Lynch-Bages wineries, the reception rooms of Cordeillan-Bages and in the boutiques of the village.

Appreciative of all the pleasures of life as well as of the table, a great traveller with an insatiable curiosity, a skilled and generous cook, hers was the idea of producing a book* associating the history of Lynch-Bages with the cuisine that the Cazes family offers all its guests, in the Cordeillan-Bages restaurant as well as at family gatherings.

 

*Lynch-Bages & Co., a family, a wine and 52 recipes – Editions Glénat

Wine Tourism & gastronomy

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Céline de Labrousse

Céline de Labrousse

Céline de Labrousse

Executive Director,
Lynch-Bages & Cie

A graduate of La Rochelle catering college, Céline de Labrousse honed her experience on the Ile de Ré before settling in the Médoc.
Ever since 2005, she has played an active role in all the village de Bages developments instigated by Jean-Michel Cazes. Firstly in charge of the Café Lavinal and then of the village of Bages, in 2010 she became Managing Director of the Cordeillan-Bages Relais & Châteaux and Executive Director of Lynch-Bages et Cie, the wine-tourism hub of the Jean-Michel Cazes company.
She conveys to her staff her passion for her work and her sense of excellence, placing the emphasis on personalised hospitality in order to make her guests’ experience unforgettable.
A keen parachutist and bungee jumper, she enjoys taking risks and endlessly rising to new challenges. Dynamic, naturally optimistic and always smiling, she is determined to pass this philosophy on to her two sons.

 

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Jean-Luc Rocha

Jean-Luc Rocha

Jean-Luc Rocha

Catering manager,
Head Chef, Château Cordeillan-Bages

In the Cordeillan-Bages restaurant, Jean-Luc Rocha serves a contemporary, delicious and balanced cuisine, paired with wines from near and far (1,500 wines in the cellar).

Born in Vesoul, son of cabinet-maker Luis, from whom he learned his craftsmanship skills and respect for the heritage, the 2007 Meilleur Ouvrier de France perfected his cuisine alongside starred chefs: Gilles Blandin at Les Armes de Champagne, Patrick Henriroux at La Pyramide and then Thierry Marx, whom he succeeded at Cordeillan-Bages.

« From my hospitable and generous grandmother, I can still recall the flavour of traditional dishes, the enchantment of evening gatherings and the sense of conviviality », says Jean-Luc Rocha. Values that resonate at the Château Cordeillan-Bages and which have enabled him to become, in 2015, the first chef in the Aquitaine to obtain four Gault & Millau toques.

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Charles Thuillier

Charles Thuillier

Charles Thuillier

Deputy director, Cercle Lynch-Bages

Charles Thuillier discovered Château Lynch-Bages wine during the first part of his training as a sommelier. « A table of six had ordered a Lynch-Bages 86 from me, to finish dinner with. But they succumbed to the nine wines already consumed and the bottle remained intact, giving us one of the most memorable ever ends of service. »

A well-informed music lover (contemporary music) and musician (string instruments and percussion), he organises tours, tastings, tasting classes and landmark events at the Cercle Lynch-Bages, in the heart of the village of Bages.

Technical Teams

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Daniel Llose

Daniel Llose

Daniel Llose

General technical manager, Domaines Jean-Michel Cazes

« I sort the outfits coming from the cleaners and distribute them to the servicemen. Jackets with jackets and trousers with trousers, and, very importantly, in order of size. » This was how, in March 1976, Daniel Llose began his job interview… although he didn’t know it!

The scene took place in the outfitters at the Bègles military base where he was doing his military service as a furrier. The name of the officer to whom he was explaining his work was Jean-Michel Cazes, who was undergoing military training as a reserve officer.

Strange though it was, this was no chance encounter. Lieutenant-Colonel Rolland was aware of his professional aspirations and that Jean-Michel Cazes needed to replace Roger Mau at Lynch-Bages… Hired!

And so began, on 28 August 1976, during an early harvest, the story of Daniel Llose, in the family company where he now co-ordinates all the estates, both in France and abroad.

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Nicolas Labenne

Nicolas Labenne

Nicolas Labenne

Technical director, Château Lynch-Bages and Ormes de Pez

As well as being technical manager of the wine-growing and -making, administrative and customs operations at Lynch-Bages and Ormes de Pez productions, Nicolas Labenne also represents Domaines Jean-Michel Cazes during tastings, meetings and conferences. He is also an active member of the Bordeaux association of oenologists and the examining board for the Bordeaux diploma of oenology.

An accomplished sportsman, he is passionate with competition, having played tennis and especially rugby at a high level in several clubs in the south west of France for twenty years. The high point of his sporting career was the French 4th-Series championship title in 1997. In parallel with these numerous activities, Nicolas also showcases the family property in the Gers (Armagnac, Floc de Gascogne aperitif , and wines).

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Jérôme Le Roux

Jérôme Le Roux

Jérôme Le Roux

Cellar master, Château Lynch-Bages

Jérôme Le Roux has been managing and organising the work of the Château Lynch-Bages cellar personnel since 2002. He co-ordinates the reception of the grapes in the fermentation area, the vinification and the ageing of the wines.

His organisational role continues right through to bottling. He also ensures the traceability of all the work carried out in the cellar.

Before joining the Lynch-Bages teams, he exercised his oenological and winemaking talents on the Bordeaux region’s left and right banks.

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Franck Debrais

Franck Debrais

FRANCK DEBRAIS

Vineyard manager, Château Lynch-Bages

In charge of harvesting, the vineyard’s team leader Franck Debrais possesses over 20 years of experience and has been vineyard manager of the Lynch-Bages 112 hectares since 2008. It is he who ensures that environmental quality regulations are met.

A demanding post, as it involves contending with the weather, a balance between environment and terroir that must be respected, and some technical challenges. That said, for him, the great quality of the wines resides in – over and above technical advances – the team’s ability to push itself and surpass itself with every harvest… values that have served him well during his ten years as a volunteer fireman.

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Anne-Sophie Giambi

Anne-Sophie Giambi

Anne-Sophie Giambi

Oenologist and technical director, Michel Lynch

Together with Daniel Llose oenologist Anne-Sophie Giambi selects the Michel Lynch, wines and supervises the bottling and labelling.

In her capacity as technical director, she also undertakes the management of storage and packaging at the warehouse in Macau, ensuring compliance with the group’s quality policy. With a strong personal conscience geared towards environmentally-friendly activities, she goes riding to recharge her batteries.

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Tonio Sanfins

Tonio Sanfins

Tonio Sanfins

Vineyard manager, Ormes de Pez

A wine-grower and cellar worker at Château Colombier Monpelou, Tonio Sanfins played rugby in Pauillac in the early 1980s. There, he got to know Daniel Llose, who recruited him into his team in May 1984.

Here, he was to be a wine-grower, chauffeur and then team leader before becoming vineyard manager in 1992. He is a real local man of the Médoc, having lived for six years on the Ile de Patiras (in the middle of the Gironde estuary, opposite Pauillac) where his parents worked in the vineyards belonging to the Albert family.

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Mariano Castreño Oller

Mariano Castreño Oller

Mariano Castreño Oller

Technical Director, Château Villa Bel-Air

Technical director at Château Villa Bel-Air since the harvests of 2011, Mariano Castreño Oller plans, organises and oversees the work in the vineyard and in the cellar, from vinification to bottling.

After a work placement at Château Lynch-Bages in 2008, he pursued his career in the Apalta valley (Chilli), in Valladolid (Spain) and then at the Château Paloumey in Haut Médoc.

This lover of scuba diving and bullfighting divides his time between his native Spain and the wine and gastronomy of the Médoc

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Bernard Tranchecoste

Bernard Tranchecoste

Bernard Tranchecoste

Technical director, Domaine des Sénéchaux

Technical vineyard and cellar management, welcoming professional clients, preparing budgets and investments… Bernard Tranchecoste has been in charge of the the overall running of the Domaine des Sénéchaux since 1998.

A native of the Var, he only left his famous Mediterranean Trois Îles to further his career: making great wines on the Châteauneuf-du-Pape appellation.

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Fabrice Darmaillacq

Fabrice Darmaillacq

Fabrice Darmaillacq

Technical director at Domaine L’Ostal Cazes

After distinguishing himself on a wine-making internship at Lynch-Bages, Fabrice Darmaillacq went on in 2003 to complete the whole of the renovation project for the Ostal Cazes vineyard and olive grove at La Livinière.

The oenologist from the Landes pulled out all the stops in carrying out his task of clearing, planting and replanting numerous plots. To the point of managing to breathe new life into the property, which these days produces a range of fine wines and an olive oil that is packed with finesse.

Along the estate footpaths that wind between vineyard and scrubland, Fabrice is very happy to share his in-depth knowledge of the terroir.