Purlieu means “the edge of the forest” or “an outlying area.” In this case, it is a reference to their home base in the new Coombsville AVA, at the edge of the forest and the entire Napa Valley. Symbolically, “purlieu” refers to their approach to winemaking, to exploring the outskirts and navigating the boundaries of what one may expect of a Napa Cabernet Sauvignon. It is the key to successfully walking that edge lies in maintaining balance: between innovation and tradition, confidence and restraint, depth and refreshment. Purlieu is the culmination of several seasoned and determined wine professionals’ efforts to produce the finest Cabernet Sauvignon possible from the best estate vineyards in Napa Valley, all under the guidance of winemaker Julien Fayard (assistant winemaker at Lafite Rothschild and former assistant to Philippe Melka) and ace viticulturist Steve Matthiasson.
Purlieu 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley
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One would believe you were sipping on a 1982 Chateau Margaux when encountering this Purlieu, really! This is a masculine, yet elegantly made wine. The color is intense and bold, dark midnight purple. The aromas are fresh and vibrant with a whiff of cigar box meeting the best Belgian chocolate. On the palate you’ll encounter “Linebacker meets Ballerina” as the wine is powerful, opulent, robust yet extremely well-balanced and it rolls over the palate like a knife through soft butter. Black stone fruit, anise, ripe figs flavors intermingle with a whiff of chocolate on the long, complex palate that leads to a gorgeous 30 second finish!