Jane Eyre New Releases 2017
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
Jane Eyre is an Australian winemaker who first did vintage in Burgundy back in 1998 as a bit of work experience. It’s an interesting story. She was working as a hairdresser, and one of her clients was the wife of Aussie wine critic Jeremy Oliver, which opened the door for her to go to work in Burgundy. When she got back she met wine merchant Philip Rich and got a job at Prince Wine Store. She started doing vintages at various wineries in Australia, New Zealand and Burgundy. Eventually she decided to move to Burgundy, which she did in 2004, and where she now works as a winemaker at Domaine Newman, as well as running her own micro-negociant operation (since 2011, she shares a winery with Dominique Lafon). These are two of her Burgundy wines, and they’re impressive. JAMIE GOODE, Wine Anorak
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 (in terms of lack of funds and support) she has now established her eponymous label as one of the more dependable and exciting in the ranks of Burgundies 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 nor the quality of her excellent ste of wines. This is 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 , at the same deepening her foothold as a valued client with the owners of the original sites she has always taken from at the same time. The additional sites include Gevrey 1er Cru Corbeaux, Beaune 1er Cru Cent Vignes and a Grand Cru, Corton Marechaudes. These bolster the minuscule 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. In addition to there are now two wines from Beaujolais, one village Fleurie and the debut vintage in 2017 of a Chenas.
All the wines are are made at a shared facility in Blagny where she rents space and equipment from owner Dominique Lafon. 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 varying 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 over time has been 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. Improving.
The 2017s are a triumph for her and we foresee that they will sell very quickly.
Jane’s burgundies have just arrived and we are offering them at (20% off) prices for orders placed and paid for this week.