A broad range of responsibilities
The cellar master’s main task is to supervise the casks
year round. His mission
is to ensure that they are in good condition, ready to receive
the wines and he checks their condition regularly.
However, the cellar master is also involved in the ageing
process: he decides when
the wine should be racked, when the woodiness is optimum or
when a wine should change casks. His tasks also include fining,
stirring the lees for white wines and bottling.
Working all year round
The cellar master’s job continues throughout the year:
just before the new wines are put into casks he must prepare
them. He is then involved in stirring the lees of white wines
that can follow their transfer to casks and then, in tandem
with the oenologist,
he oversees the different stages of malolactic fermentation.
Immediately after this fermentation, the cellar master can
begin the removal of the wine once they no longer need to
be kept in oak.
Throughout the year, the cellar master oversees the level
of hygrometry of the cellar, maintains the casks and supervises
the ageing process of the wine.
A feeling of harmony
The cellar master intervenes in the creation of the harmony
of each wine, by choosing
the balance between new casks, and casks known as «
one wine » or « two wine » casks in order
to balance the tannin levels and smoothness of the wine. This
process explains the different nuances from one batch to another