Sylvie Cazes, former director of Chateau Pichon Lalande, has purchased Chateau Chauvin in Saint Emilion for an undisclosed fee.
The deal marks the first chateau purchase on Bordeaux’s right bank for Sylvie Cazes, who is coproprietor of Domaine Jean-Michel Cazes. She named her three children, Pierre, Francois and Julie Regimbeau as joint buyers, alongside herself.
Chateau Chauvin is a 15-hectare, grand cru classe estate that had been owned by the Ondet family since 1891. It is located in the north-west part of Saint Emilion, close to neigbouring Pomerol.
Cazes has appointed Philippe Moureau as technical director, having performed the same role at Chateaux de Pez and Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande.
Laure Canu, already in charge of business development at Domaine Jean-Michel Cazes’ tour company, Bordeaux Saveurs, will add commercial development at Chauvin to her list of duties.
Sylvie Cazes paid tribute to Ondet’s ex-owners. ‘Marie-France and Béatrice Ondet devoted themselves to this property after the death of their father and ran it for 20 years with passion and pride, taking great care of the quality of the wine.’
Alongside Lynch-Bages, Domaine Jean-Michel Cazes owns several properties, including Chateau Les Ormes de Pez in St Estephe and Domaine des Senechaux in Chateauneuf-du-Pape, as well as Bordeaux restaurant Le Chapon Fin.
Written by Chris Mercer