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.
Dark, dense, lucious, graceful. Brambly blackberries, blueberry preserves, red and purple plums, sun-dried dates. Smoked herbs, graphite, roasted coffee beans, crushed violets. Enjoy with grilled lamb chops, braised beef, black bean soup or tomatoes Provençal.
Juicy, lush, energized, buoyant. Ruby red grapefruit, Meyer lemon zest, clementines and peach marmalade. Orange blossom, lemon thyme, tarragon and fresh cut grass. Enjoy with Greek pasta salad, grilled sardines, fish tacos or lemon and garlic roasted chicken.