Valentine Tardieu-Vitali uses common sense as her guide. And her professional experience is evidence of that. With a drive to “improve her understanding of viticulture and cellar-ageing phenomena”, she took a degree in biology before moving on to oenology. She then began her career. As a young graduate, she headed for some of the biggest wineries in Australia and New Zealand, then spent time at various large cooperative cellars in Provence, taking on management roles. “These types of businesses are great for learning management and how processes are implemented.” Better still, she also developed her talents as a winemaker. And she was finally able to live out her professional vision. “Guiding the vines, without ever trying to control them, expressing the best of the terroir through its wines,” Valentine Tardieu-Vitali honed this conviction in her role as technical director at Château la Verrerie from 2017, then as its winemaker a year later. She loves the Domaine. “Its view, its soil, its exposure, its huge forests, the tranquility of its three plateaux: it’s so magical!” It deserves respect. She works to do just that, by making changes, using plant-based treatments, and weeding the soil. The same goes for the cellar, where the segmented approach continues. Our ultimate goal is to express the terroir as best we can.