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The History and Significance of Chateau Lynch-Bages

The story of Chateau Lynch-Bages dates back to the 16th century when the lands of "Batges" were first mentioned in writings. Nestled at the entrance of Pauillac, these lands served as the home for generations of wine growers throughout the centuries.

Roots of Creation

In the first half of the 17th century, Jean Déjean, a royal notary, and his brother Pey, a wine merchant residing in the village of Bages, began consolidating the plots surrounding the hamlet. Their efforts were continued by the next generation, with Pierre Déjean and his son Bernard, who completed the establishment of the Domaine de Bages.

The Lynch Era

In the 18th and 19th centuries, Chateau Lynch-Bages experienced a transformation under the Irishman John Lynch. Originally from Galway, John Lynch sought refuge in Bordeaux in 1691 following the Irish Catholics' defeat at the Battle of the Boyne. His son, Thomas, further expanded the estate by marrying the daughter of Pierre Drouillard, Treasurer General of Guyenne. Thomas acquired the Domaine de Bages on June 9, 1750, through this marriage, and the estate began to flourish.

Michel Lynch and the Pursuit of Quality

Thomas' son, Michel Lynch, recognized the importance of terroirs and implemented measures to enhance wine production. He meticulously selected the finest grape varieties, systematically drained the soils, and introduced innovative tools for vine cultivation. Under his guidance, the estate produced exceptional wines known as "Cru de Lynch," showcasing his commitment to quality.

The Cazes Family Legacy

Originating from the village of Montégut-en-Couserans in the Ariège region, nestled in the heart of the central Pyrenees, the Cazes family became intertwined with Chateau Lynch-Bages in the 19th century. In 1875, Jean Cazes, known as "Lou Janou," and his wife Angélique left their mountains, goats, and pastures behind, making their way to Pauillac. This migration coincided with the phylloxera invasion, leading to the vineyard's loss and subsequent replanting, providing employment for numerous workers from the Ariège region.

A New Generation

Following Jean Cazes' footsteps, his son Jean-Charles pursued a different path. Instead of becoming a labourer, he opened a bakery in Pauillac. After the 1929 Crash, Jean-Charles seized the opportunity to acquire Chateau Lynch-Bages. His tenure marked a turning point, as the estate's unique style flourished under his leadership.

André Cazes and Global Recognition

André Cazes, Jean-Charles' son, joined his father in 1973. Amidst a crisis in the wine industry, André undertook the restoration of the vineyard, further enhancing its reputation. He played a pivotal role in promoting Bordeaux wines internationally and was one of the founding members of the Commanderie du Bontemps de Médoc et des Graves. André also served as the Mayor of Pauillac for over 40 years, deeply committed to his local community.

Modernization and Global Expansion

In 1975, Jean-Michel, André's son, joined the family business after working as an engineer in Paris. During a period of crisis in the wine industry, Jean-Michel embarked on an essential modernization project. Over a span of fifteen years, he oversaw the transformation of the facilities, incorporating new technologies, expanding storage capacity, and improving the winemaking process. Jean-Michel also became a passionate ambassador for Médoc wines worldwide and played a pioneering role in wine tourism.

A New Era and Collaborations

In 1985, Jean-Charles Cazes assumed control of the family estates, bringing renewed energy and vision. He spearheaded a comprehensive study of the Lynch-Bages vineyard in 2007, embracing precision viticulture to analyze each parcel's potential and optimize the terroir's characteristics. The following years saw collaborations with architects, including Chien Chung (Didi) Pei, culminating in the renovation of the cellars. The 2020 vintage, born in the renewed facilities, marked a significant milestone in Chateau Lynch-Bages' four centuries of history.

Celebrating the New Cellars

To commemorate the completion of the renovation project, Chateau Lynch-Bages launched a unique label for the 2020 vintage. This label, featuring a light iridescent shadow, symbolizes the integration of the new building with the historical architecture. The vintage is handwritten by Chien Chung Pei, highlighting the collaboration between the two visionaries. An inaugural dinner was held on April 27, 2022, gathering clients, journalists, and friends to celebrate the new cellars and the enduring legacy of Chateau Lynch-Bages.

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