Jane Eyre

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.

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Jane Eyre Fleurie 2018 - Summergate
Jane Eyre Fleurie 2018 - Summergate

Jane Eyre Fleurie 2018

$257.00

Like many Burgundy producers, Jane is also making Beaujolais (Fleurie and Chénas) enabling her to show her precise and meticulous winemaking skill on Gamay, a grape that used to be widely planted in Burgundy prior to the ban in 1395 by Duke of Burgundy Philippe le Hardi. It also offers her the opportunity to make more volume due to the availability of grapes. Jane’s Fleurie (from 80 year old vines) is floral and luscious with aromas of black cherry and fragrance aided by retaining 50% whole bunches in the ferment. Half the blend spends time in 500L old oak barrels to add roundness, the other half rests in stainless steel.

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Jane Eyre Savigny Les Beaune 1er Cru Les Vergelesses 2017 - Summergate
Jane Eyre Savigny Les Beaune 1er Cru Les Vergelesses 2017 - Summergate

Jane Eyre Savigny Les Beaune 1er Cru Les Vergelesses 2017

$470.00

The Savigny Les Beaune 1er Cru ‘Les Vergeless’ was Jane’s first wine, spice overlays berry fruit on the nose. This wine has depth, intensity and length meriting this reputable Premier Cru site in Savigny Les Beaune.

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Jane Eyre Beaune 1er Cru Cents Vignes 2017 - Summergate
Jane Eyre Beaune 1er Cru Cents Vignes 2017 - Summergate

Jane Eyre Beaune 1er Cru Cents Vignes 2017

$480.00

The Beaune 1er Cru ‘Cents Vignes’ is from a certified organic but practicing biodynamic vineyard. It is forward with hints of violets, blackberry fruit and structured tannins. The wine is so delicious to drink now I fear it will not be left in cellars for long. One new barrel out of a total of three barrels made in 2017.

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Jane Eyre Corton Grand Cru 2018 - Summergate
Jane Eyre Corton Grand Cru 2018 - Summergate

Jane Eyre Corton Grand Cru 2018

$1,121.00

The Corton Grand Cru is black fruited with excellent concentration and structure, like all of Jane’s wines, it is expressive of both the variety and the climat due to the clean and precise winemaking, which allows the fruit and sense of place to shine through.

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