Jane Eyre New Release 2018's
Jane Eyre left Australia in 2004 on a journey to make wine in Europe, a journey that landed here in Burgundy, where while working at Domaine Newman, she has established herself as a producer in her own right. She has assimilated into the scene of emerging Burgundian talent and speaks with a respect and understanding of the place that is also evidenced in her wines. NICK STOCK, Gourmet Traveller Wine
I think it may be time to stop talking about Jane as a new talent on the Burgundy micro/nano negoce scene. She has now been plying her passion for over a decade and despite the incredibly difficult road she has chosen to travel she has now established her eponymous label as one of the more dependable and exciting in the ranks of Burgundy's negociants. This isn't to say she's bought herself a new jet; far from it. She is still battling the vicissitudes of vintage conditions, grower contracts and lack of funds but there is little doubt of her ability or the quality of her excellent suite of wines. This is emphatically underlined by the release of the 2017 wines. They are quite exceptional and easily the best we have seen from the house.
Over the past couple of years Jane has expanded her range to include more
plots from across the Cote d'Or, while at the same deepening her foothold as a
valued client with the owners of the original sites she has always taken fruit
from. The additional sites include Gevrey 1er Cru Corbeaux, Beaune 1er cru Cent
Vignes and a Grand Cru, Corton Marechaudes. These bolster the miniscule amounts
of Cotes de Nuits Villages, Volnay, Gevrey Chambertin and Savigny 1er Cru Les
Vergelesses that have formed the basis of her range from the start.
Her wine style has always been hung on delicacy and elegance and to this end, pigeage and unnecessary handling is kept to a minimum allowing the individuality of the fruit/plots to express itself over and above the hand of woman! Oak treatment varies for each cuvee but generally new oak is kept to a relative minimum owing to the aforementioned predilection for nuance and fruit expression, but it's also limited by the cost of brand new barrels.
Our own observation of the evolution of the wines in her stable is that they
have improved incrementally and in relation to Jane's knowledge of the plot and
the fruit and how it reacts from year to year. For example, a vineyard that
traditionally produces a more reductive wine is now treated differently through
the elevage to counter this being a dominating influence on the wine. Learning
and improving all the time.