Born in 1974 in Bordeaux, Jean-Charles Cazes spent his youth in Pauillac, where his father, Jean-Michel Cazes, had just moved from Paris to manage the family's vineyards at Château Lynch-Bages.
Jean-Charles studied economics and finance at Bordeaux University, and during summer holidays, worked at Lynch-Bages, racking barrels or as an assistant winemaker during the harvest.
After graduation, Jean-Charles gained invaluable experience working in banking and finance in New York, Paris and São Paulo, Brazil, before returning home to join the family business in 2001.
In 2006, he took over from his father as CEO of the family estates, which also include the Bordeaux properties of Château Les Ormes-de-Pez in St.-Estèphe and Château Villa Bel-Air in Graves, Domaine des Sénéchaux in Châteauneuf-du-Pape, L'Ostal Cazes in the Languedoc as well as properties in Portugal and Australia.
It's not all work and no play though, from his home on the Médoc peninsula, Jean-Charles is well positioned to par-take in the only pastime that can compete with his love of wine: Surfing.
Each year without fail, he turns up for the Mascaret, the famous tidal bore on the River Gironde that is surfed upstream while the sun is still in the vineyards.