Situated on the outskirts of Pauillac, overlooking the Gironde estuary, the Lynch-Bages vineyard (1855 Grand Cru Classé) stretches over the Bages plateau, one of the commune’s most beautiful gravelly hilltops.
Formerly owned by the illustrious Lynch family, of Irish descent, the estate was purchased in 1939 by Jean-Charles Cazes. In a building that dates back to the end of the 16th century, you will find the old Lynch-Bages fermentation cellar, originally set up in the 1850s and one of the few pieces of former winery equipment still intact. Its visitors find themselves stepping back in time.
Marrying the worlds of wine and culture, the Cazes family has positioned Lynch-Bages at the core of an “art de vivre” epitomised today both at the Cordeillan-Bages Relais & Châteaux hotel and in the village of Bages
In 2006, Jean-Michel Cazes handed the reins over to his son Jean-Charles, who is driven by the same high standards, and the Lynch-Bages wines have continued to reflect their generosity and excellence.
In 2017, the Lynch-Bages château will be embarking on a new chapter in its history, with the renovation of its wine-making facilities. For several years, substantive work has concentrated on improving knowledge of the vineyard, studying its soils, introducing mass selection, analysing plots, and so on. Today’s project to renovate the estate’s technical facilities, entrusted to American architect Chien Chung Pei, marks the next logical step.
Kinou Cazes Hachemian is currently responsible for representing Lynch-Bages and the wines from the family estates throughout North America. Kinou graduated from the French business school Institut Supérieur de Gestion and began her career in New York working in advertising for D’Arcy Masius Benton & Bowles. She came back to France to work for the insurance group AXA as an Investor Relations Manager and in 1996 joined AXA Equitable Advertising and International Communications department in New York.
Wine and the art of living have been her enduring interests. Now living near New York City with her husband and children, she collects objects connected to wine and gastronomy from all over the world, and sources the designer creations and works of art that can be admired throughout the Lynch-Bages wineries, Cordeillan-Bages reception rooms and in the boutiques of the village of Bages. Kinou is a fan of all of life’s pleasures especially those of the table; she is a great traveller with an insatiable curiosity and has grown up to be a skilled and inventive cook. To celebrate the 80th anniversary of the Cazes Family at Lynch Bages she had the idea to compile a book* detailing the history of Lynch-Bages together with a history of the Cazes family cuisine, enjoyed by guests in the Cordeillan-Bages restaurant and at family gatherings.