The chef de cave’s strength also rests on his detailed knowledge of the vineyard. He knows that every "lieu-dit" (named plot) has specific characteristics, and works with winegrowers to organize picking and pressing accordingly.

He has a gift for selecting the most promising fruit, choosing from a wide variety of plots that he singles out for separate fermentation in small tanks and casks.

This emphasis on single-vineyard cuvees provides the chef de cave with a range of exceptional still wines that hold the key to successful blending.