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 his 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.
Jane Eyre Gevrey Chambertin 2012 Burgundy, France
Fresh black cherries and spice with savoury hints of herbs and tar. Sweet and herbal with some savouriness. Quite tight and youthful with a hint of cola, some tannic grip and a touch of rhubarb, as well as cherries, plums and cinnamon. Very savoury but it has some elegance and opens up nicely after a few hours. 92/100
Jane Eyre Sauvigny-les-Beaune 1er Cru 2012 Burgundy, France
Fresh red cherries and spice with some herbiness. Quite tight with a savoury, mineral, herby edge and nice grippy structure. Closed and taut on opening, but after a while subtle red fruits emerge along with tea, spice and minerals. Balanced and complex with a strong savoury streak. Attractive, elegant and distinctive. 92/100
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