A cuvée de prestige is the ‘flagship’ wine of any house, representing the pinnacle of what each producer can achieve. A typical cuvée de prestige is a blend of the very best grapes from the very best vineyards. The site will have the very best exposure, the oldest vines will be used, the yields will be lower, and the greatest care and attention given at all levels. The period of maturation is always longer than that for vintage, and will often have the most ornate of packaging. There are no special rules for the production of prestige cuvée and may be either vintage or non-vintage. The ‘Special Club’ releases, by their very nature and strict adherence to quality standards, can all be categorised as prestige cuvées.