Côte de Nuits

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. When we tasted her wines in Burgundy in 2015, we immediately fell for her style, which is scented, balanced and scrupulously clean.

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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. This Pinot Noir comes from two parcels, located on the slopes of Gevrey-Chambertin, grown on soils of limestone base with marl, clay, schist and granite. The vines are between 35 and 55 years old.

Vintage Information

What had promised to be a very generous vintage, turned out to be an extremely difficult year for Burgundy, with terrible bouts of hail, frost and mildew. Yields were very low due to the complicated weather patterns throughout the year. The harvest ended on a high note with a warm, dry and sunny July through to October. This spell of consistently good weather salvaged the vintage.


Time in the vineyard and a minimum intervention approach in the winery is the hallmark of Jane Eyre’s winemaking style.The small parcels of low yielding fruit was hand harvested and destemmed, 10-15% was whole bunch pressed. Fermentation with indigenous yeast took place in stainless steel tanks where a combination of gentle pump overs and punch downs were employed as necessary. The wine was then matured in 100% French oak barriques, 20% new. The wine was racked only once in October, before being bottled unfined and unfiltered.

Tasting Notes

Jane's Gevrey-Chambertin is an impressive expression of this prime cru of the Côte de Nuits. 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.

Vintage Information

Vintage 2016
Grape varieties 100% Pinot Noir
Region Côte de Nuits, Burgundy
Winemaker Jane Eyre-Renard
Alcohol (ABV) 13%