Fam­ily Roots

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EIGHTH-GEN­ER­A­TION vint­ner Stephanie de BoüardRivoal be­gan tast­ing wine at the din­ner ta­ble when she was just seven years old. It pre­pared her palate for a life­time of wine­mak­ing. “Our fam­ily has owned this vine­yard for more than two cen­turies,” says the young vint­ner, who took over the premier grand cru Château Angélus (angelus .com) from her fa­ther, Hu­bert Boüard, and uncle Jean Bernard Grenié in 2012. “I’m a link in a chain that has to sur­vive for a long time.”

Boüard-Rivoal’s deep con­nec­tion to her fam­ily’s his­tory—and trade—is a com­mon oc­cur­rence in Bordeaux, where the busi­ness of wine­mak­ing means more than just ex­cep­tional vin­tages. Here, multi­gen­er­a­tional fam­i­lies are lay­ing down roots beyond their vine­yards in an ef­fort to cham­pion a newer, friend­lier wine coun­try.

The Boüard fam­ily, for ex­am­ple, re­cently ac­quired the Miche­lin one-star restau­rant and bou­tique ho­tel Logis de la Cadène (lo­gis­dela­ca­dene. fr) in a bid to en­cour­age rov­ing oenophiles to stay the night. Nearby, the Cazes fam­ily—which has owned and op­er­ated the pres­ti­gious Chateau LynchBages (jm­cazes.com) grand cru in Pauil­lac since 1938—has built a Borde­lais em­pire com­pris­ing the Cordeil­lan-Bages ho­tel, Château Haut-Batail­ley, a trio of restau­rants (in­clud­ing Le Chapon Fin), and a wine-tour com­pany. Fourth-gen­er­a­tion vint­ner Sylvie Cazes, who runs Château Chau­vin (chateauchau­vin.com), has also branched out as the driv­ing force be­hind the es­tab­lish­ment of the Cité du Vin mu­seum, which wel­comed 445,000 vis­i­tors last year alone.

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