A common surname throughout the south of France, Cazes originates from the word “casa”, meaning “house”. It’s a name of travellers and emigrants. Like many others, the Cazes-family laborers from the Ariège region of southwest France 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.
Jean-Charles Cazes crafted a wine that rapidly gained recognition. André Cazes, the youngest of his 4 sons, was studying Law. But he was dragged into the turmoil of the Second World War. Taken prisoner, he didn’t make his way back to Pauillac until after the Allied victory. Here, he went into Insurance. It was not until the 1960s that he took back 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.
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