Gevrey-Chambertin

Côte de Nuits

Jane Eyre

Jane Eyre-Renard is originally from Melbourne. In 1998, she was working as a...

hairdresser when she asked a customer, who happened to be the wife of wine writer Jeremy Oliver, if she knew of any wineries where she could do work experience. The Olivers recommended Burgundy, which has since been an inextricable part of Jane’s life. She went on to gain experience working with Cullen in the Margaret River, Felton Road and Ata Rangi in New Zealand and Ernie Loosen in the Mosel. She finally moved to Burgundy in 2004, and started working at Domaine des Comtes Lafon. Since then, Jane has developed her own micro-négociant and rents a space in a small winery in Bligny-lès-Beaune which she shares with Dominique Lafon.

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Vineyards

Jane Eyre’s wines remind you of 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 both the charm and the skills to secure parcels of fruit that beautifully showcase the complex and alluring sub-regions of Burgundy. This Pinot Noir comes from two parcels, located on the slopes of Gevrey-Chambertin, grown on soils of limestone base with marl, clay, schist and granite. The vines are between 35 and 55 years old.

Vintage Information

What had promised to be a very generous vintage, turned out to be an extremely difficult year for Burgundy, with terrible bouts of hail, frost and mildew. Yields were very low due to the complicated weather patterns throughout the year. The harvest ended on a high note with a warm, dry and sunny July through to October. This spell of consistently good weather salvaged the vintage.

Vinification

Time in the vineyard and a minimum intervention approach in the winery is the hallmark of Jane Eyre’s winemaking style. The small parcels of low yielding fruit were hand harvested and destemmed and 10-15% was whole bunch pressed. Fermentation with indigenous yeast took place in stainless steel tanks where a combination of gentle pump overs and punch downs were employed as necessary. The wine was then matured in 100% French oak barriques, 20% new. The wine was racked only once in October, before being bottled unfined and unfiltered.

Tasting Notes

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 a lovely dark cherry fruit on the palate, fine grainy tannins and a lasting finish.

Vintage Information

Vintage 2016
Grape varieties 100% Pinot Noir
Region Côte de Nuits, Burgundy
Winemaker Jane Eyre-Renard
Alcohol (ABV) 13%