To personally visit, taste with, and promote all wineries, collectives, and commercial wine producers in the Napa Valley in order to create an educational resource for both consumers and trade. We have reviewed 795 commercial Napa wine producers to date, physical and virtual, out of more than 1,000 total.
Each week, as regular readers know, we pose a series of questions to a winemaker. This week, we’re featuring winemaker Julien Fayard from Purlieu in Napa Valley.
Grape Collective Interview: Julien Fayard
A French native, Fayard truly embraces the adage that great wine is made in the vineyard. Trained in Bordeaux, where he worked for the esteemed First Growth Château Lafite-Rothschild, and in Provence (the inspiration for his excellent Azur rosé), Fayard moved to Napa Valley in 2006 where he worked as an assistant to star consulting winemaker Philippe Melka, crafting Cabernet Sauvignon for many high-end, boutique wine brands. He is now focused on his own projects, including Le Pich and Purlieu, each made with Cabernet Sauvignon from the Napa Valley sub-appellation of Coombsville. He defines his winemaking philosophy as meticulous and low intervention.
Purlieu Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer To-Kalon 2012
"Classic" 97 Points
"A powerful Cabernet with aromas of dark berries and exotic spice. The palate is layered with dark fruit, bright cherries and silky smooth, creamy oak. Enjoy tonight with an hour of decanting, or cellar for enjoyment anytime over the next ten years." - California Wine Advisors
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Rose Competition - Azur Double Gold
Interview Julien Fayard 2014
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Winemaking, from the Vineyard to the Bottle
By Ian White on April 11, 2013