As a négociant (wine trader), we meet with top wineries and producers all over the world, look in every cellar and barrel room, peek behind every door that says "Employees Only." Sometimes we buy wine still in the barrel, and other times we buy "shiners" (wine already in a bottle with no label). Regardless of how we get it, the mission is simple: buy the best possible wine at the best possible price.
Each wine we acquire is given a Lot number, starting over a decade ago with Lot 1.
Since we don't own vineyards or a winery, we purely focus on finding the best wine and negotiating the best price. It's a never ending treasure hunt to seek out the "needle in a haystack" wines, and it's not unusual for us to go through hundreds of samples before finding one that makes the cut.