2013 Jane Eyre Aloxe Corton Grand Cru Renardes
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 (on the 2012s)
Eyre's roll call sounds like Cullen, Felton Road, Ata Rangi, Loosen (Germany) and in Burgundy for people like Dominique Lafon and Frederic Mugnier, though now finds herself working at Domaine Newman for most of the year, returning to work with Bill Downie to produce her own wines, sourcing fruit from across Victoria
'I'm ky to have Bill helping me here as I wouldn't have got the fruit that I get here', says Eyre, 'and Bill looks after the wine while I am not here'. All hand-picked and sorted, the Gippsland is destemmed, goes into tank, then left alone pretty much. The wine goes through a controlled inoculated ferment, then sees no new oak, no fining or filtering. MIKE BENNIE, The Winefront
We are delighted to be offering Jane's 2014 Gippsland and Mornington Pinots and 2013 burgundies. I tasted Jane's 2013s out of barrel in Meursault last May and while they looked promising at the time, they have turned out beautifully. While there is no Savigny Les Beaune (this commune was hit particularly hard by hail) the single vineyard Aloxe Corton village and Corton-Renardes Grand Cru are new to the range. It's a particularly well priced Corton and shows that Corton can be perfumed and approachable in its youth! This is the second vintage of Gevrey and it's even finer than the 2012 without losing any of Gevrey's earthy typicity.
880 bottles. 100% destemmed. 30% new oak. MLF was finished in January. Racked once and bottled November 2014. Bright and very fruit driven. Surprisingly open at this early stage. The wine is delicate with good length and fine, elegant tannins. JANE EYRE