Country: France Region: Burgundy Vintage: 2016
Category: Red Wine Color: Red
Producer: 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. “I fell in love with France, and Burgundy is just what I wanted to make.” Back in Australia, she took a job with the legendary Prince Wine Store and studied winemaking at Charles Sturt University. After working vintages at Cullen in the Margaret River, and Felton Road and Ata Rangi in New Zealand, she returned to Europe in 2003. Work for three months with Ernie Loosen in the Mosel led into a job in Burgundy with Domaine des Comtes Lafon in January 2004. She then took over as assistant winemaker at Domaine Newman, and has slowly developed her own négociant business, renting a small winery in Bligny-les-Beaune with Dominique Lafon. Though we’d known of Jane for years through the Prince Wine Shop connection, we only met her in May 2015 while in Burgundy with the Shaw and Smith winemaking team. We immediately fell for her style, which is scented, balanced and scrupulously clean. Her 2013 Corton-Renardes is outstanding. She only made three barrels, one of which was new oak. The wine is subtle, its intensity sneaking up on you in the glass. Unfortunately, the vineyard was sold after the 2013 vintage so none was made in subsequent years.
Product Features: Sustainable;Vegan;Vegetarian
Winemaker: Jane Eyre-Renard
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. The sourced grapes are grown on soils of limestone base with marl, clay, schist and granite.
Time in the vineyard and a minimum intervention approach in the winery is the hallmark of Jane Eyre’s winemaking style. Small parcels of low yielding fruit are 100% handpicked and de-stemmed. Indigenous yeast fermentation takes place in stainless steel tanks where a combination of gentle pump overs and punch downs are employed as needed. The wine is matured in 100% French oak barriques, 16% of which is new. The wines are racked only once before bottling them unfined and unfiltered.
Jane's Gevrey-Chambertin is an impressive debut into this northern outpost of prime Côte de Nuits terroir. The nose has mild cherry aromas and slightly meaty, 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.
Food Suggestion: The best possible match for roast game birds (grouse, partridge or pheasant). Also try with duck in fruit-based sauces, poached or baked salmon or creamy, strong cheeses.
Closure: Natural Cork ABV:13% Acidity [g/l]: 5.75