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Jean-Michel Cazes
Born March 25, 1935 (1935-03-25) (age 74)
Bordeaux, Gironde, France
Residence Chateau Lynch-Bages, 33250, Pauillac, France
Nationality  France
Alma mater Paris School of Mines, 1959>degree
University of Texas M.S. (1959‚Äď1960)
Occupation Food products executive, insurance executive
Board member of Bordeaux Wine Council (1976)
Compagnie Medocaine, Bordeaux, France
ID Systemes, Bordeaux
Chateau de Cordeilan-Bages, Pauillac
Axa millesines, Pauillac, 1987
Religious beliefs Roman Catholic
Spouse(s) Maria-Thereza Carregal Ferreira, Dec. 2, 1968
Children Anne Christine, Marina, Catherine, Jean Charles
Parents André and Claudine (Lavinal) Cazes
Awards Chevalier de la Legion d'Honneur

Jean-Michel Cazes (born March 25, 1935 in Bordeaux) is a French winemaker and insurance executive. He managed the wine holdings of AXA Millésimes until 2000, the family insurance agency, and the Cazes family estates until 2006.[3] He is the son of André Cazes and grandson of Jean-Charles Cazes who acquired the family's initial holdings.


He completed his degree at the √Čcole nationale sup√©rieure des mines de Paris (1959) (where he also played Rugby) , then earned an M.S. in petroleum engineering at University of Texas (1960) as a Rotary Scholar.[2][4][5] He served in the French Air Force (1960‚Äď1962), leaving with the rank of lieutenant. He was a sales manager at IBM France (1962‚Äď1971) and president of STAD (Empain-Schneider Group) (1971‚Äď1973), both in Paris.[1]

In 1973[1] or 1974 he returned to Pauillac, where his father was the long time mayor, to manage the family's insurance and wine interests. He took over management of Ch√Ęteau Lynch-Bages.[6] Other properties include Chateau Villa Bel Air,[7] Ch√Ęteau Les Ormes-de-Pez, Ch√Ęteau Cordeillan-Bages in Pauillac converted into a hotel and a restaurant of two Michelin stars, L'Ostal Cazes in Languedoc, Domaine des S√©n√©chaux in Ch√Ęteauneuf-du-Pape, Xisto in Portugal and Tapanappa in Coonawarra, South Australia.[8][9]

Until 2000 Cazes ran wine properties for AXA Mill√©simes. French insurance companies are required to invest in French property, and under Claude Bebear the firm set up the AXA Mill√©simes subsidiary to invest in wineries. Their assets in Bordeaux included Ch√Ęteau Pichon Longueville Baron, Ch√Ęteau Suduiraut, Cantenac Brown and Petit Village chateaux. Abroad they owned Quinta do Noval, a Port producer in the Douro Valley in Portugal, and the Tokay producing Diszn√≥kŇĎ estate in Hungary. [2]

He began low key efforts to market his product to China as early as 1990. He has toured wineries around Beijing, and attended the 2008 Beijing Olympics. By 2008 Lynch-Gages sold about 5% of its output in China.[10]

In 2002 he was awarded La Croix de Chevalier de la Légion d'Honneur, and in 2003 Cazes was chosen the "Man of the Year" by the wine magazine Decanter.[8]

Cazes stepped down in 2006, handing over management of the family interests to his son Jean-Charles Cazes.

See also


  1. ^ a b c "Jean-Michel Cazes." Marquis Who's Who TM. Marquis Who's Who, 2008. Reproduced in Biography Resource Center. Farmington Hills, Michigan: Gale, 2009. Fee, accessed via Fairfax County Public Library 2009-04-12. Document Number: K2016880773
  2. ^ a b c Prial, Frank J. (June 28, 2000). "WINE TALK; Still Looking for New Vineyards to Conquer". New York Times. Retrieved 2009-04-12.  
  3. ^ Robinson, Jancis (October 16, 2001). "2001 harvest report - from Jean-Michel Cazes at Ch Lynch Bages".  
  4. ^ Jacobs, Julius (November 1 1989). "The outlook in Bordeaux.". Wines & Vines. Retrieved 2009-04-12.  
  5. ^ "The American Ireland Fund - Dallas : Winegeese 2002". The Ireland Funds. 2008. Retrieved 2009-04-12. "For three-quarters of a century the 'Domaine de Bages' was the property of the Lynch family, sons and grandsons of John Lynch of Galway. John Tillotson presented Jean-Michel Cazes, who now manages the property, with a Stetson to replace one given to him by the famous Texan Maurice Acers in 1959, when he was a Rotary Scholar at the University of Texas."  
  6. ^ Kissack, Chris. "Chateau Lynch-Bages".  
  7. ^ Pouget, Antoine (2006-09-06). "Ch√Ęteau VILLA BEL AIR". DUBOS FRERES & CIE. Retrieved 2009-04-11. "In 1988, the Cazes family, already owners of ch√Ęteaux Lynch‚ÄźBages in Pauillac and Les Ormes de Pez in Saint‚ÄźEst√®phe bought the estate. Jean‚ÄźMichel Cazes undertook an important renovation programme at the property. At last, the Bel‚ÄźAir estate has found a new identity. Villa Bel‚ÄźAir was born with the harvest of their first vintage."  
  8. ^ a b Lechmere, Adam (November 20, 2006). "Cazes takes back seat at Lynch-Bages". ' Decanter (magazine).  
  9. ^ Styles, Oliver (January 2, 2007). "Cazes acquires Ch√Ęteauneuf property".  
  10. ^ Boyce, Jim (August 27th, 2008). "Wine word: Jean-Michel Cazes, Chateau Lynch-Bages". Grape Wall of China. Retrieved 2009-04-12.  


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