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Jayer-Gilles Hautes Cotes de Nuits Blanc 2008

Robert Jayer - cousin of the great Henri Jayer - retired in 1997, and his son Gilles took control of the domaine at this time. Due to illness Gilles sold the domaine in 2017 and sadly passed away in 2018.

The reputation of the domaine is high, producing very collectable wines. They are a winery known for employing large amounts of new oak and a rich style, though with excellent results. Whilst famed in particular for their Echézeaux bottlings, the same attention to detail is placed upon these higher altitude more everyday drinking Hautes Cote de Nuits sites.

The vineyards for this cuvee are located in Magny-Les-Villers. Comprised of Pinot Blanc and Chardonnay – respectively 55 years and 25 years old vines. The blend varies but is typically around 50/50.

The grapes are harvested and sorted by hand and the must ferment in a combination of steel or cement tanks. The wine matures 12-18 months, of which 50-70% is in new barriques and the rest in steel tanks or old barriques.

Given the oak, more tightly wound than some other wines from the area. An appealing, layered nose gives way to a mid-weight palette with ripe citrus and bone dry finish. A high quality Bourgogne that is worth considering.