It should be no surprise that for a vintner so closely attuned to the aspects of winemaking driven by nature, the process for Julien starts in the vineyard. The cellar work of fermentation and aging are, as he describes them, “big steps that have to be done right.” But they’re steps preceded by everything that happens at the all-important vineyard level. Out among the vines is, to Julien, where the essence of winemaking takes place.
“I like to put a little more focus on the decisions made ahead of what happens in the cellar,” he says of his winemaking approach. “It's almost like what people picture as the central pieces of winemaking—fermentation and aging—are a consequence of the farming decisions.” From the vineyard to the winery, such execution allows this talented winemaker to leverage the style and quality of his Julien Fayard wines.