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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 ‘Cents Vignes’ vineyard is located towards the northern end of Beaune’s belt of Premier Cru vineyards, near the commune boundary with Savigny-lès-Beaune. The wine boasts bright, red fruit on the nose, perfumed with violet flowers and steely graphite notes. 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.
Her Savigny-lès-Beaune Premier Cru ‘Aux Vergelesses’ is beautifully perfumed, with a bouquet of red cherries, violets and raspberries. It has a superb structure, meaning the wine will continue to develop in bottle. Jane knows 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. The other recent addition to Jane’s range is a Santenay Blanc. The views from this vineyard took her breath away when she first visited. The position, looking over Maranges, gives the wine excellent freshness balanced by expressive citrus fruit.
Jane Eyre’s wines reflect where they come from, deftly crafted to show a balance of minerality, savoury tones, and purity of red fruit characters. With a network of grower friendships that only comes from living there, Jane has the skill and has gained the trust of many, in order to secure parcels of fruit that beautifully showcase the complex and alluring sub-regions of Burgundy. The Pinot Noir comes from two parcels located in the village of Comblanchien.
In 2017, Burgundy enjoyed a return to average yields. Some areas were impacted by spring frosts which reduced yields slightly. Generally the vines’ growth cycle benefitted from an early budburst at the beginning of April, followed by a very warm summer. Ripening progressed at a good pace with the first grapes being harvested across the region two weeks ahead of average.
Time in the vineyard and a minimum intervention approach in the winery is the hallmark of Jane Eyre’s winemaking style. The fruit was hand picked and destemmed prior to crushing. Indigenous yeast fermentation took place in stainless-steel tanks where a combination of gentle pump overs and punch downs were employed as needed. The wine matured in French oak barriques, of which 25% was new. The wine was racked only once in October before it was bottled later in December without fining or filtration.
Tasting Notes & Technical Details
This wine boasts intense aromas of ripe black and red cherry fruit, coupled with delicate notes of pepper and rose petal. On the palate, juicy red fruits dominate with an elegant floral and subtle spicy character. As with all of Jane's wines, the Côtes de Nuits Villages is elegantly structured, with poised, delicate tannins, bright acidity and excellently defined fruit flavours. The finish is long and lifted.
Other wines from this producer
|Savigny-lès-Beaune 1er Cru `Aux Vergelesses`
|Beaune 1er Cru `Cents Vignes`$
|Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru `Les Corbeaux`
|Beaune 1er Cru `Les Avaux`
|Fleurie `Vendanges Entières`
|Auxey-Duresses `Les Crais`