Circus is the result of a winemaking initiative from the Cazes family, led by Jean-Michel Cazes and his son, Jean-Charles. This venture has taken one of France's best-known and most respected winemaking families from their ancestral home in Bordeaux, where they own several high-profile properties including Château Lynch-Bages, to the sun-splashed vineyards of southern France and the small, enchanting town of La Livinière in the Minervois district of the Languedoc.
All three Circus wines originate at L'Ostal Cazes, a 370-acre property in La Livinière purchased by the Cazes family in 2002. The estate, which includes 150 acres of vines, extensive olive groves and a state-of-the-art winery, represents a fruitful conclusion to years of careful searching on the part of Jean-Michel and Jean-Charles. Winemaking is overseen by family friend and colleague, Daniel Llose, who has worked alongside Jean-Michel Cazes for over 30 years as managing winemaker at Château Lynch-Bages, Ormes de Pez and other Cazes family estates.
With Circus, Jean-Michel, Jean-Charles and Daniel Llose have set out to create quality wines that reflect the character of local grape varieties and terroir. Vineyards are planted primarily with Syrah, Mourvèdre, Grenache and Carignan.