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JEAN-MICHEL CAZES

Bordeaux Grands Crus: The reconquest

Bordeaux Grands Crus: The reconquest

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  • Author: JEAN-MICHEL CAZES
  • Publisher: Glénat
  • French language
  • Publication date: 05/2022
  • Dimensions: 14 x 22 cm
  • Number of pages: 504
  • Weight: 350g
  • Format: soft cover
  • ISBN: 9782344052822

Presentation:

Owner of Château Lynch-Bages, a Grand Cru Classé of Pauillac, Jean-Michel Cazes is an international wine figure. He contributed to bringing the Bordeaux vineyard into modernity and bears witness to the upheavals in the wine world over the past 50 years.

“Wine is for me, like bread, the basis of all food. It is the essential beverage, synonymous with culture, happiness, and the art of living. Each bottle that sleeps in my cellar contains a universe: the geography and history of the place where it was born, the soil, the plant, the climate, know-how... A universe ready to escape and be reborn , like the genie in Aladdin's lamp, at the first and only opportunity. »

After a golden age crowned by the classification of 1855 which made Bordeaux wines the most famous wines in the world, the Bordeaux vineyard took time to integrate the changes of the 20th and 21st centuries.
Jean-Michel Cazes witnessed the crisis of the 1970s which saw the aura of Bordeaux tarnish and the price of its wines collapse. He was a major player in their renewal and their tireless ambassador.
The family history and personal journey of this enthusiastic entrepreneur, wine grower at heart, make his book a true saga.
His experience and wise reflections are the keys to deciphering the complex heritage and functioning of the great wines of Bordeaux.

The author:

In 1973, while an engineer at IBM, Jean-Michel Cazes joined Médoc where his father, insurer and mayor of Pauillac, entrusted him with the exploitation of the vines, owned by the family since 1939. He undertook the modernization of Lynch-Bages and Ormes of Pez. From 1988, he acquired new vineyards: Villa Bel-Air in Graves, then Domaine de l'Ostal in La Livinière in Languedoc. In 2005, the Domaine des Sénéchaux in Châteauneuf-du-Pape, and a few years later, Château Haut-Batailley in Pauillac. He also creates new wines, in Portugal (Quinta do Meco in the Douro Valley) and in Australia (Tapanappa). From 1986, he participated in the construction of Axa-Millésimes (Pichon-Longueville and Cantenac-Brown in Médoc, Quinta do Noval in Portugal, Disznokö in Hungary, etc.), which he managed for 14 years.

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