Jane Eyre, Beaune 1er Cru `Cents Vignes`

The 2018 Beaune Premier Cru 'Cent Vignes' is deep and enticing, the red fruit profile complemented by spicy, savoury notes on the nose. With lovely tension on the mid-palate this is a characterful, rich wine with a concentration of fruit on the long and lifted finish.

As a micro-négotiant, Jane works with some of Burgundy’s top growers, allowing her to secure parcels of fruit that beautifully showcase the complex and alluring sub-regions of Burgundy. Located towards the northern end of Beaune's belt of Premier Cru vineyards, near the commune boundary with Savigny-les-Beaune, the 'Cents Vignes' vineyard is now certified biodynamic. The name means ‘One Hundred Vines’, which is quite appropriate for a climat which is among the largest in Beaune. The vines are planted on gentle south-east facing slopes and grow on limestone soil.

Small parcels of low yielding fruit were handpicked with 30% left as whole bunch and the remainder destemmed. Fermentation took place using indigenous yeast in stainless steel tanks. A combination of gentle pump overs and punch-downs were employed as needed and no sulphur was added until two months after malolactic fermentation had finished. Jane’s minimal intervention approach to winemaking allows this wine to express a true sense of place. The wine was matured in French oak barriques for 12 months with one barrel out of six being new, before being bottled in December 2019.

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