Winemaker Julien Fayard brings world-class experience to Purlieu
One of Napa Valley’s newest luxury wine producers, Purlieu Wines (and its sister label Le Pich) focuses on ultra premium Cabernet Sauvignons from the renowned Coombsville, Oakville, and Rutherford appellations. The name Purlieu means “the edge of the forest,” which refers to the winery’s home base in Coombsville, located at the edge of the forest and the entire Napa Valley. Purlieu also refers to head winemaker Julien Fayard’s approach to winemaking – exploring the outskirts and walking the edge’ between innovation and tradition, confidence and restraint, and depth and refreshment. His award-winning track record and skilled winemaking techniques have made Purlieu and Le Pich into two incredibly successful wine brands, even in their short lifespan.
This month’s Platinum Plus! wine club selection feature comes from the Le Pich brand, which gets its name from a Wappo Indian term meaning “golden eagle.” These beautiful hunting birds are often described as powerful, graceful, dignified, impressive, and noble – cleverly enough, all words that would also describe a premium Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. The golden eagles are often spotted soaring above the winery’s Napa Valley vineyards, so it seemed an appropriate name for Purlieu’s distinctive sister label. Winemaker Julien Fayard brings world-class experience to Purlieu and Le Pich, getting his start in both Provence and Bordeaux, where he defined his core winemaking style at the grand Chateau Lafite-Rothschild.
Once moving to Napa Valley in 2006, Julien worked at such renowned estates as Quintessa, Atelier Melka, Lail, Gemstone, and Dalla Valle, further developing his style and pushing the boundaries on crafting Napa Valley Cabs. When the opportunity arose to head Purlieu and Le Pich, Julien jumped at the chance and has since been a vital part of the brands’ growth and achievement. He works closely with top-notch viticulturist Steve Matthiasson and a group of seasoned and determined wine professionals, all focused on producing the finest Cabernet Sauvignon possible from the best estate vineyards in Napa Valley. The first releases for Purlieu and Le Pich came in 2012 and they have already become highly regarded additions to the illustrious Napa Valley.