In 1998 Jane Eyre quit her job in Australia and left for France to pursue a new career as a winemaker. Her first grape harvest was in Burgundy and a love of the region, its people, and its wines soon took hold. In 2011, after 13 years in the industry, Jane's first wine, a 1er Cru Savigny, was released under her own 'Jane Eyre' label. The following year it was joined by a Gevrey-Chambertin. Both have been awarded high praise for their sense of place and definition while being textured, bright and elegant. Jane's wide network and her focus on sourcing excellent quality fruit from less famous (and less expensive) vineyard blocks allows for the crafting of terroir driven Burgundies that offer superb value.
"I became a little bit obsessed with Pinot Noir and really only wanted to make it in Burgundy, so I packed my bags and moved here and never left."
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 yeilding fruit are 100% handpicked and de-stemmed. Indiginous yeast fermentation takes place in stainless steel tanks where a combination of gentle pump overs and punchdowns are employed as needed. The wine is matured in 100% French oak barriques (either all or mostly seasoned). The wines are racked only once before bottling them unfined and unfiltered.
From Chablis in the north to Beaujolais in the south, humble Burgundian vignerons have farmed the century. Climates vary from inclemently continental to mild and agreeable; soils, from Jurassic limestone through alkaline clay and manganese-rich schists. Through this mélange of elements, the passing centuries have given rise to unique voices, each proclaiming their autonomy: spicy, cherry-laden Beaujolais; generous, minerally Maconnais, and austere, chalky Chablis. But invoking the most adoration and lining the walls of applauded cellars are the Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays of the Côte d’Or. Complex, silken and evocative at their best, they incite wonderment in those enlisted in their doctrine.