New Vintage Release of One of Your Favorites
Wine Access clients jumped all over our last offer of Julien Fayard’s Le Pich Cabernet, and the raves keep pouring in. Fayard’s resume is impressive: after stints at Château Lafite-Rothschild and Château Smith Haut Lafitte he moved to Napa in 2006. Then, at Quintessa, he worked alongside Bordeaux native Philippe Melka (formerly of Château Haut-Brion and Dominus), before striking out on his own to craft his masterful Purlieu and Le Pich Cabernets. The 2015 Le Pich, from the latest in a line of excellent Napa vintages, was sourced from many of the same stellar sites as Purlieu’s single-vineyard To Kalon masterpieces. Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate called it “soft, supple, open and singing.” If you haven’t already experienced Le Pich, I recommend you claim some quickly — before the Fayard fans wipe out our entire allocation.
Antonio Galloni calls the 2015 Napa vintage “thrilling at the top,” and that is exactly where Julien Fayard dwells. Fayard has made massive headlines and attracted prominent followers with his Purlieu Cabernets: Robert Parker himself raved of Fayard’s current release Purlieu Beckstoffer To Kalon Cabernet saying it “just has it all. It is really a wine to diagram and analyze over and over to see what true perfection really is.”
In Fayard’s work, the lessons of Lafite rule: attention to detail and restraint in the cellar. His years in Napa, working with Melka on projects like Gemstone, Dalla Valle, and Lail, have provided Fayard with the understanding of the Valley’s vineyards and relationships with top growers that make confident restraint possible. These relationships allow Fayard to source top-flight fruit for Purlieu from sites like Pritchard Hill and To Kalon.
The result here is another masterpiece — ripe black fruit accented by mocha and graphite, beautiful balance, and a long expressive finish — a joy to drink now and over the next decade, if you’re quicker than the Fayard fans today.
Vanessa Conlin DipWSET
Wine & Spirit Education Trust Diploma