Vintage: 2022

VintageProduct CodeFormatClosureAvailability
2022JE101B226 x 75Natural CorkAvailable
Producer

Originally from Melbourne, Jane Eyre was previously a hairdresser in one of the city’s top salons before she “fell in love” with Burgundy while doing work experience at Domaine Chevrot in 1998. She studied winemaking at Charles Sturt University in Australia and worked vintages at Cullen in the Margaret River, as well as Felton Road and Ata Rangi in New Zealand. She returned to Europe in 2003. Following a three-month spell with Ernie Loosen in the Mosel, she subsequently made Burgundy her home, working first at Domaine des Comtes Lafon and then as assistant winemaker at Domaine Newman. She has gradually developed her own négociant business since 2011 and was delighted to move from the rented space she shared with Dominique Lafon into her own premises in Cissey just before the 2021 harvest.

In the 2021 edition of Le Guide des Meilleurs Vins de France, Jane Eyre was awarded two stars, one of only 26 producers in the whole of France to be recognised at this level. She was also named ‘Négociant of the Year’ in the Revue des Vins de France 2021, the first woman to be awarded the title. Both accolades are a phenomenal achievement for a relative newcomer to Burgundy.

The Pinot Noir for Jane’s Gevrey-Chambertin Premier Cru ‘Les Corbeaux’ hails from vines which are over 50 years old. It offers aromas of violets and mulberry on the nose, with racy acidity, savoury tannin and structured, red berry flavours, which all come together on the palate for a superbly balanced wine. The Savigny-lès-Beaune Premier Cru ‘Aux Vergelesses’ is a sentimental wine for Jane, as it is the first parcel she ever purchased. It is beautifully perfumed, with a bouquet of red cherries, violets and raspberries, complemented by superb structure, which offers excellent ageing potential.

Jane knew the ‘Avaux’ vineyard well from her time at Domaine Newman, so jumped at the chance to source fruit from this Beaune Premier Cru. The vines are located on the Pommard side of Beaune, producing a perfumed and elegant example of this appellation. Another recent addition to Jane’s range is the Santenay Blanc. The views from this vineyard took her breath away when she first visited, with the position looking over Maranges, giving the wine excellent freshness balanced by expressive citrus fruit.

Jane’s Fleuries hail from old bush vine parcels (up to 95 years old) in the prime ‘La Madone’ and ‘Les Labourons’ lieux dits, earmarked for Premier Cru status. It is fermented with 60% whole bunch in ceramic Clayver vessels, offering incredible depth of flavour and a delicious juicy ripeness. The ‘Vendanges Entieres’, which is 100% whole bunch fermented, has a lovely crunchy fruit character and the classic elegance that runs through all of Jane’s wines.

Vineyards

As a micro-négotiant, Jane works with some of Burgundy’s top growers, allowing her to secure parcels of fruit that beautifully showcase the complex and alluring sub-regions of Burgundy. The fruit for this wine is sourced from two vineyards in Gevrey-Chambertin: Combe du Dessus, which is just opposite the Château of Chambertin, and En Champs a little further along the slope opposite the Les Champeaux 1er Cru vineyard. The soils have a limestone base with marl, clay, schist and granite. The vines are between 35 and 55 years old.

Vintage

The 2022 vintage in Beaujolais was characterised by hotter and drier conditions than usual. Disease pressure in the vineyards remained low throughout the growing season and the harvest began in mid-August - significantly earlier than usual. The altitude in of the Fleurie vineyards meant that the grapes underwent a perfectly paced ripening, with cool nights counteracting the heat of the days and allowing the grapes to retain freshness.

Vinification

The small parcels of fruit were hand harvested and 30% whole bunch was used in the ferments. Fermentation with indigenous yeasts took place in stainless steel tanks with a combination of gentle pump overs and punch downs. Post fermentation, the wine was transferred to French oak barriques (20% new) where it aged for 14 months before being bottled, unfined and unfiltered, during the last week of December.

Tasting Notes & Technical Details

Jane's Gevrey-Chambertin is an impressive expression of this prime Cru in the Côte de Nuits. The nose has cherry aromas, wild savoury characters with some trademark earthy Gevrey notes. The wine is well-balanced and accessible with lovely dark cherry and raspberry fruit on the palate, fine grained tannins and a lasting finish.

Alcohol (ABV)

13%

Acidity

5.02 g/l

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