The wines of Henri Jayer: the ‘godfather’ of Burgundy
His wines are highly sought after, not only because they are among the most delicious, beguiling and extraordinary red wines ever produced, but also because they were made in tiny volumes from his small holdings of some of the best terroirs in and around Vosne-Romanée in the Côte de Nuits region of Burgundy.
Jayer’s first vintage dates back to 1945; between then and 2001, he would produce 56 more. Since his death in 2006 at the age of 84, his silky and seductive Pinot Noirs have grown ever rarer, creating a cult following among connoisseurs and collectors the world over.
‘His wines are certainly among the finest I have ever tasted, particularly the Richebourg, Echézeaux and Cros Parantoux,’ says Christie’s International Director of Wine, Tim Triptree MW.