Burgundy 2016 Bellene & Jane Eyre Sydney

For those of you who are familiar with the Domaine de Bellene, the story of Nicolas is well-known. Since his foray into a Maison business bearing his name 20 years ago and then with the Domaine de Bellene he has always run counter to the crowd in Burgundy. His infectious energy is underpinned by a huge intellect and clarity of vision about what he wants his domaine and his wines to be. Nicolas has always worked with old-vine fruit and practiced a relatively minimal intervention regime in the cellars. The wines are what the vintage gives you; there are no tricks to reinvent the wine that didn’t come from the vineyard. Over the years tweaks have been made to this or that approach but generally the methodology has not wavered greatly. The increasing knowledge of the plots is one thing that we think is delivering better outcomes as well.

A long-time friend of the Prince, an Aussie and one hell of a wine maker. Jane’s Burgundian offerings are usually eagerly snapped up by her loyal fans here in Australia. The 2016s mark something of a turning point for her career: finally, she is regularly getting the attention from the international press she so justly deserves (so you no longer need to take Michael or my word for it) as Neal Martin and Julia Harding have both released glowing reviews of her 2016s. MICHAEL MCNAMARA