Sylvie Cazes, former Director of Pichon Lalande and President of the Union des Grand Crus de Bordeaux, has purchased the Saint Emilion Grand Cru Classe, Chateau Chauvin. Sylive’s three children have been named as co-owners of the 15 hectare Estate.
Sylvie Cazes is a high profile figures in Bordeaux, is actively involved in local politics under Bordeaux Mayor, Alain Juppe and President of the Board of Domiane Jean-Michel Cazes, proprietors of Lynch Bages and Les Ormes-de-Pez amongst others. Sylive owns a large minority stake in Domiane Jean-Michel Cazes along with her brother Jean Michel Cazes and her nephew John Charles Cazes, the current manager of the family’s properties.
Chateau Chauvin is located in the north-west part of Saint Emilion and had been under the ownership of the Ondet family since it was purchased by Victor in 1891. The Estate was eventually passed to Beatrice and Marie-France Ondet who have done much to cement the Grand Cru Classe ranking awarded to the Estate in the Saint Emilion Classification of 1954. Sylvie Cazes paid tribute to the sisters: ‘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.’
Philippe Moreau has been appointed Technical Director after having previously held the role under Cazes at Pichon Lalande and Decanter reports that Laure Canu, Development Manager at the Cazes family owned wine tourism company, Bordeaux Saveurs will oversee the commercial development of the Estate.