Jean-Michel Cazes is one of Bordeaux's legendary figures, a man of enormous dynamism, vision, energy and charm. His family have owned 5th Growth Ch Lynch Bages for decades but in recent years have added Ch Les Ormes de Pez in St Estephe to their portfolio. He has also been responsible for pioneering developments in wine tourism, gastronomy, wine education and the revitalisation of the hamlet of Bages which sits behind Ch Lynch Bags.
More recently he purchased a well-sited estate in the Graves region called Ch Bel Air; as there are dozens of Bel-Airs in Bordeaux he named this one Ch Villa Bel Air to differentiate it, perhaps naming it thus with an eye to the Iberian origins of his wife. At this estate Jean-Michel makes benchmark examples of Graves wine, a white blend of Sauvignon and Semillon and a red Cabernet/Merlot blend which is mellow and round on the palate and yet which still exhibits the typical Graves terroir character. He produces a special blend for us to bottle under our own label, the Extraordinary Claret, a noticeable step up from our popular and well-made Good Ordinary Claret, and a wine which demonstrates his skill in producing stylish, eminently drinkable Bordeaux from widely differing appellations.