Maison Cazes, located in Rivesaltes, in the heart of the Roussillon region, between the Pyrenees Mountains and the Mediterranean Sea, was founded by Michel Cazes in 1895. In 1927, Michel’s son Aimé convinced his father to buy Mas Joffre, a farmhouse that once belonged to Maréchal Joseph Joffre, the French First World War hero and native of the area. Over the years, the domaine acquired neighboring parcels of land and, by the 1950s, it extended over 40 hectares. The first bottles of Cazes wine appeared in 1955, at the instigation of André, the eldest of Aimé’s two sons. Aimé’s sons, André and Bernard, took over the running the domaine in 1971. André was responsible for sales and Bernard managed operations on the domaine, which already covered 60 hectares. In 1997, when Bernard’s son, Emmanuel joined the business, the domaine started its conversion to organic and biodynamic growing. Then in 2004 Lionel Lavail, the son of a local wine producer, became the director of Maison Cazes. Cazes acquired Domaine Les Clos de Paulilles in 2012, an iconic domaine located in the Anse de Paulilles, between Banyuls and Collioure. In 2017 Domaine Cazes celebrated the 20th anniversary of its conversion to biodynamics. Today the vineyards extend over 220 hectares, covering all of Roussillon’s different terroirs and giving birth to outstanding wines every year.
The 220 hectare domaine is ideally located in the Agly Valley, at the foot of the Corbières foothills. The predominantly clay-limestone soil is strewn with schist detritus and siliceous pebbles, an interesting combination which is very conducive to the production of fine wines.
Over 220 hectares entirely converted to organic and biodynamic growing.
Inland, Cazes has a presence in all the Roussillon appellations:
• Côtes du Roussillon
• Côtes du Roussillon Villages (Latour de France, Tautavel)
• Muscat de Rivesaltes
Near the Sea, Domaine Les Clos de Paulilles is located in the Anse de Paulilles, classified as a “Grand Site de France”, lying between Collioure and Banyuls. It is an iconic domaine which is internationally recognized for the quality of its wines.
Its 90 hectares cover valleys and terraces of schist, of which 63 hectares are planted with vines. With a completely a renovated winery, reception site and restaurant by the sea, this is a magical spot for wine tourism. Vineyards are located in the following appellations:
• Banyuls Grand Cru
Grape varietals grown in the Cazes vineyards include: Grenache, Syrah, Mourvèdre, Muscat d'Alexandrie, Muscat Petit Grain and Cabernet.