Bages and the Médoc lifestyle
The picturesque village of Bages is a highly popular tourist destination with its own 'art de vivre'.
In the centre of the bustling village of Bages, the café Lavinal opened in 2006 and owes its name to Berthe Lavinal, grandmother of Jean-Michel Cazes. It provides a glimpse into childhood holidays spent in his parents' small countryside café near to Villeneuve-sur-Lot. His other grandmother, Andréa, was the inspiration behind the new Comptoir d’Andréa in Bages.
A tribute to icons of the past
Since 2000, Jean-Michel Cazes has played an integral part in renovating the village and has placed much emphasis on its history and leading figures. As such, the central square in Bages is named after Jean Odule Paulin d’Esquet, the legendary historical figure credited with creating the Commanderie du Bontemps du Médoc around the year one thousand.
As well as these tributes to historical icons, childhood memories and the local terroir, the village proposes original wine-related activities such as bike rides through the vineyards as a way of sharing the unique Médoc 'art de vivre' with its visitors.