How to Approach Making Exceptional Wine with Julien Fayard

photo credit:    Jimmy Hayes

photo credit: Jimmy Hayes

How to Approach Making Exceptional Wine with Julien Fayard

Julien Fayard is a consulting winemaker based in Coombsville, CA making wines for Le Piche, Azur, Purlieu Wines, Covert Estate, and many more.

Originally from Provence, Julien Fayard is one of Napa Valley’s most respected consulting winemakers producing California varietals with French finesse. Formerly of Chateau Lafite Rothschild and Philippe Melka’s team, he lends two decades of winemaking expertise to more than a dozen different brands, including the highly-rated Le Pich and Purlieu wines, as well as his own labels — Azur, Covert Estate and Empreinte.

In this episode, Julien and I dig into how he approaches making wine while sharing practical tips for how to achieve balance in a final wine by utilizing certain techniques in the vineyard & cellar. He shares with us his story, how he came into wine originally and learned at some of the top chateaux in Bordeaux and what it looks like to be a consulting winemaker in the Napa Valley today.

In this episode we mention... 
Covert Estate 
Norman Hardie Interview 
Chateau Lafite-Rothschild 
Smith Haut Lafitte 
Emile Peynaud 
Jason Kesner 
Cavallo Point 
Roy Piper Wines 
Financials of $150 Cabernet