Domaine Jayer-Gilles, Bourgogne Hautes-Cotes de Nuits 2011 ~ Burgundy, France
Vinous - "Wines achieving this rating are considered 'Excellent'. A strong wine with true character that provides highly enjoyable drinking."
Stephen Tanzer Wine Access “Many Jayers make wine in Burgundy, but Gilles Jayer is easily among the best of the bunch. His wines are flamboyant and fleshy, marked by ripe, sweet fruit and lavish, spicy new oak. The estate’s Côte de Nuits-Villages is always a perfect ringer in a blind tasting with Burgundies of higher pedigree. Domaine Jayer-Gilles is also well known for its Pinot Noirs from the Echezeaux Grand Cru vineyard. Even the Hautes-Côtes de Beaune and Haute-Côtes de Nuits bottlings reflect the style of Gilles’s more highly pedigreed wines."
Domaine Jayer-Gilles is operated by Gilles Jayer, son of Robert Jayer; cousin of the late, legendary Henri Jayer.
The 24-acre estate based in Magny Les Villers includes Grand Cru parcels in Echezeaux and Premier Cru Nuits-Saint-Georges. The large Jayer family is one of Burgundy’s most famous winemaking families.
Gilles Jayer is a third generation winemaker. He operates the vineyards, with its clay-limestone terrior with biodynamic practices. Yields remain very small for all appellations.
The Cote de Nuits is the northern half of the Cote d'Or wine region in Burgundy (the southern half being the Cote de Beaune). It specializes in red wines made predominantly from Pinot Noir; the most famous and expensive of which come from the Grand Cru vineyards.