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.