WEEKLY FLIGHT 8/11 through 8/13/2022 - Julien Fayard

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WEEKLY FLIGHT 8/11 through 8/13/2022 - Julien Fayard

- Julien Fayard -
French Winemaking Iconoclast in Napa
This week we are excited to bring you four excellent wines from rockstar winemaker, Julien Fayard. I am sure the name rings a bell, as he has more than two decades of winemaking expertise across France and in Napa Valley. We have been following Julien Fayard’s career for at least 10 years now and are consistently impressed with the wines that he creates.
His CV is long and illustrious- here are the highlights:
  • Originally from France, Fayard began his winemaking career producing quality Rosé at his family’s winery in Provence
  • Worked in Bordeaux with Château Lafite-Rothschild and Smith Haut Lafitte
  • Relocated to California and spent time with Quintessa prior to joining Philippe Melka as Director of Winemaking
  • After 8 years with Melka, he launched Fayard Winemaking which consults and makes wine across the valley from top vineyard sites & premium labels
His winemaking signature is opulence and power, with a 'tour-de-force' in complexity. I think you will agree that the Le Pich portfolio of wines & the Récoltant Cabernet Sauvignon are great examples of such at an outstanding price to quality given Julien's pedigree.
As we have seen with his other wines (in particular Purlieu), the prices are destined to go up... please do not miss the chance to enjoy Julien's allocated wines here at Petit Philippe.
Read on for further details and we hope to see you soon.
The flight starts tonight!
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  • Saturday, August 13th at 3:00PM
  • 90 minute class lead by Mark Meissner
  • Topics include:
  • Deductive Tasting Approach
  • Terminology: Varietals, Viticulture, Enology
  • Winemaking Process
  • Three Wines to Taste
  • Saturday, August 27th at 3:00PM
  • 90 minute class lead by Mark Meissner
  • Topics include:
  • Understanding Wine as a Place
  • Geographic Wine Primer
  • The Champagne Method
  • Three Wines to Taste
See you soon and be well.
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Join us Wednesday through Saturday for a flight of four wines from Julien Fayard:
Le Pich Sauvignon Blanc 2020 - $36 btl/retail
Napa Valley, California
Le Pich Chardonnay 2018 - $39 btl/retail
Récoltant Cabernet Sauvignon 2018 - $48 btl/retail
Le Pich Cabernet Sauvignon 2018 - $65 btl/retail
Full Flight of 4 - $24 (2.5oz pours)
4:00 - 6:30pm Wednesday
4:00 - 7:30pm Thursday - Friday
1:00 - 7:30pm Saturday
Julien Fayard Bio:
In France, Julien worked in both Provence and Bordeaux, where he defined his core winemaking style at the exalted first growth Château Lafite-Rothschild (he even lived in Lafite’s grand château for a period) as well as at Smith Haut Lafitte. There, Julien says he learned his attention to detail and how to not excessively intervene in the winery: “If you put in the hard work in the vineyard, you have to trust and have patience; then, on its own, the wine will become all that it is capable of.”
Julien has lived in the Napa Valley since 2006, when he and his wife agreed to settle down by “meeting halfway” — between his home in France… and hers in Sonoma. Here in Napa, Julien worked at Quintessa before joining Atelier Melka (where he learned from one of the best winemakers in the world, Philippe Melka), where he spent five years as the Director of Winemaking. He has come to be a Napa Valley veteran after more than a decade of working with some of the most highly acclaimed and sought after wines from the Napa Valley. 
It was here, working with a variety of clients including Lail Vineyards, Gemstone, Dalla Valle, and more that Julien further developed his winemaking style — while also gaining an intimate understanding of the valley’s vineyards and establishing strong relationships with its many passionate, quality-dedicated growers. His philosophy is to produce wines with an identity that express pure, terroir-driven specificities and characteristics. He believes that as a winemaker, one doesn’t control the wine but rather wine style is the result of a combination of soil, climate and vineyard management. Wine style is an elegant combined expression of the fruit, soil, vines and climate. He also is proprietor and winemaker for Covert, plus produces wine for Krupp, Somnium, Nicholson-Jones, Le Pich, Purlieu, Matthew Wallace, Brion, Récoltant, and Caspar Estate.
Julien earned his Master in Agri-Business from ESA France and his Master in Winemaking from Toulouse France. In 2011, he received his MBA from UC Davis.
See you this week!! Here's the lineup:
Le Pich Sauvignon Blanc 2020
$36.00 (purchase it online here)
Purlieu’s sister label, Le Pich, gets its name from a Wappo Indian term meaning “golden eagle.” They are hunting birds that are often spot them above our vineyards as they soar, glide, circle and arc. This Sauvignon Blanc soars with tropical notes, and a rich refreshing finish.
Varietal: 100% Sauvignon Blanc. 10 months in neutral French oak.
Taste: A brilliant beam of sunshine in the glass that shares aromas of apple, peach, stone and light baking spices. The palate opens with citrus then moves to pineapple and mandarin with notes of white peach. Mineral finish with a touch of warm clove and that support the fruit throughout.
450 cases produced
Le Pich Chardonnay 2018
$39.00 (purchase it online here)
Purlieu’s sister label, Le Pich, gets its name from a Wappo Indian term meaning “golden eagle.” They are hunting birds that are often spotted above the vineyards as they soar, glide, circle and arc. This Chardonnay is a wonderful expression of the Russian River Valley.
Varietal: 100% Chardonnay. Fermented in stainless steel tanks on the lees and aged in neutral, French oak barrels. Winemaker: Julien Fayard.
Taste: Crème brûlée opens into a candied pear bouquet on the nose. Light hints of vanilla arise with more robust cantaloupe, citrus, and ripe stone fruits. Balanced, fresh texture and crisp acidity lead into a long finish.  
Récoltant Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
$48.00 (purchase it online here)
Récoltant is a new project from famed winemaker, Julien Fayard, that offers an expression of a single grape from a small region manifested through the hands of great farmers. Great sub $50 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon.
Varietal: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon from Stags Leap and Coombsville. Aged in new and used French Oak barrels. 
Taste: Inky black in color, with a nose of mixed black berries, black currants, glove leather, and rose petal. On the palate, the wine is deep and rich with flavors of blackberry cobbler, and spice with hints of cinnamon and nutmeg. Well-integrated tannins.
Le Pich Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
$65.00 (purchase it online here)
Purlieu’s sister label, Le Pich, gets its name from a Wappo Indian term meaning “golden eagle.” They are hunting birds that are often spotted above the vineyards as they soar, glide, circle and arc. This Cabernet soars with baking spices & a long rich finish. 
Varietal: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon. 50% new French Oak.
Taste: Deep ruby in color with brooding cassis and red fruits, with darker black fruit and mineral aromas on the nose. The palate brightens into a ripe strawberry, raspberry and boysenberry core, layered with notes of black licorice and nutmeg. Fluid and smooth, this wine blends rich fruit complexity, elegant freshness, and well-integrated tannins. This vintage is delightful at release, but also worthy of cellaring another 2-6 years.