The Jean-Michel Cazes group has acquired the Châteauneuf-du-Pape estate Domaine des Sénéchaux.

The purchase adds to the Cazes portfolio which includes the lauded fifth-growth Bordeaux château Lynch-Bages, as well as Ormes de Pez (Bordeaux), L’Ostal Cazes (Languedoc) and joint-ventures Xisto in Portugal and Tapanappa in Australia with celebrated winemaker and 2004 Decanter man of the year Brian Croser.

Jean-Charles Cazes, who recently took over the Cazes group from his father Jean-Michel, said the acquisition was ‘part of our plan to bring together vineyards of the highest quality and complement our estate in the south of France.’

The domaine is one of the oldest in the Châteauneufregion, tracing its history back to the 14th century. It had been in the hands of the Roux family since 1993.

‘I am proud and happy to sell this estate to the Cazes family,’ said Pascal Roux, who also runs the Gigondas estate Château du Trignon.

Domaine des Sénéchaux is a 27ha estate and currently produces around 8,000 cases per year.

Written by Oliver Styles