Jennifer Docherty MW
Jane Eyre Renard has deservedly been in the spotlight for her micro-négociant endeavour in Burgundy. She has received praise from the Revue du Vin de France in 2021 as their négociant of the year and Jasper Morris MW gave her a glowing introduction and five stars for her 2019 Cote de Nuits-Villages. I worked with Jane's wines in the UK when I was working as a buyer for her UK importer. I am so happy to reconnect with her when I was last in Burgundy and to share her wines with Hong Kong and Macau wine lovers so they can enjoy them too.
4 Things About Jane Eyre
1. An Australian Woman Making Wines in Burgundy
Jane is originally from Melbourne, Australia. After 10 years working as a hairdresser, she wanted a change and winemaking came to mind. A connection through a client took her to Burgundy for harvest in 1998, which then led her to study winemaking and work at the Prince Wine store after she returned to Melbourne.
2. She Worked for Many Star Wineries Before Establishing Her Own Brand
She laid her wine-making foundation in star wineries in Europe (Domaine des Comtes de Lafon), Australia (Cullen) and New Zealand (Ata Rangi & Felton Road), she ended up in Burgundy full circle in 2004. Her first vintage under her own label Jane Eyre was in 2011. At the time, she was working full time as a winemaker at Domaine Newman by day and making her own wines in a shared cellar in the evenings and weekends.
3. Jancis Robinson Loves Her
'I really, really like her wines, even the fleurie' - Jancis Robinson MW. Jane Eyre's style is scented, clean and elegant.
4. She Produces Only a Tiny Bit of Wines
She made a total of 60 barrels in 2018, up from 47 barrels in 2017. She has a light touch in the winery relying on indigenous yeast for fermentation, adding sulphur only at bottling and does not fine or filter.