- Tasting Notes & Technical Details
Jane Eyre is originally from Melbourne. Formerly a hairdresser in one of the city’s top salons, Jane “fell in love” with Burgundy while doing work experience at Domaine Chevrot in 1998. Back in Australia, she studied winemaking at Charles Sturt University and worked vintages at Cullen in the Margaret River, and 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.Jane’s Volnay is sourced from vines aged between 35 and 60 years old, the fruit is beautifully concentrated and lends itself to making a poised and excellently structured wine, with aromas of crunchy cherry and blackberry fruit. 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’ comes 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 and produce 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 which is balanced by expressive citrus fruit.
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. Located towards the northern end of Beaune's belt of Premier Cru vineyards, near the commune boundary with Savigny-les-Beaune, the 'Cents Vignes' vineyard is now certified biodynamic. The name means ‘One Hundred Vines’, which is quite appropriate for a climat which is among the largest in Beaune. The vines are planted on gentle south-east facing slopes and grow on limestone soil.
2019 proved to be an exceptional (albeit lower yielding) vintage in Burgundy. After a mild and dry winter, the consistently hot summer months meant that some parcels suffered from the effects of sunburn, however virtually eradicated any disease risk. By harvest the bunches of Pinot Noir grapes displayed concentrated aroma and flavour profiles, beautiful balance and huge ageing potential.
Small parcels of low yielding fruit were handpicked, with 30% left as whole bunch and the remainder destemmed. Fermentation took place using indigenous yeasts in stainless steel tanks. A combination of gentle pump overs and punch-downs were employed as needed and no sulphur was added until two months after malolactic fermentation had finished. Jane’s minimal intervention approach to winemaking allows this wine to express a true sense of place. The wine was matured in French oak barriques for 12 months with one barrel out of six being new, before being bottled.
The 2019 Beaune Premier Cru 'Cent Vignes' is deep and enticing, the red fruit profile complemented by spicy, savoury notes on the nose. With lovely tension on the mid-palate this is a characterful, rich wine with a concentration of fruit on the long and lifted finish.