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Jayer Echezeaux puzzle


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#1 balex

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Posted 19 September 2003 - 11:15 AM

I have some wine I bought about 10 years ago that is an Echezeaux 1985. On the label it says
produit vinifie' eleve' et mis en bouteille par Henri Jayer
and then underneath in smaller writing
Georges Jayer Proprietaire a Vosne Rosmanee.

My question: what exactly is this wine? I think that Henri Jayer owns some land in Ech., as does his elder brother Georges.
This, I assume, is the parcel owned by Georges: is there a substantial difference in quality and or price between the two wines? Which is this?

Any Burgundy experts out there? Claude?

#2 Echezeaux

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Posted 19 September 2003 - 01:00 PM

Henri Jayer is the youngest of three, his older brothers being Georges Jayer and Lucien Jayer.

Georges was a forest worker. Wines bearing Henri's label were identical to those with Georges' label.

The wine of Lucien was also vinified by Henri Jayer but from vineyards tended exclusively by Lucien.

There's a Jaqueline Jayer...she's Henri's cousin. Another cousin is Madeline Jayer who's married to Alfred Haegelen. (Haegelen-Jayer). Madeline's brother is named Robert and his label is "Jayer-Gilles."

Henri married Marcelle Rouget...her uncle worked at the Domaine de la Romanee-Conti.

Henri's nephew is Emmanuel Rouget and he now takes care of the vineyards in the Jayer "domaine." Today Emmanuel vinifies all the wines together and he bottles half under his name, the rest being offered under the names of the Jayer brothers.

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Posted 19 September 2003 - 01:16 PM

Henri Jayer is the youngest of three, his older brothers being Georges Jayer and Lucien Jayer. 

Georges was a forest worker.  Wines bearing Henri's label were identical to those with Georges' label. 

The wine of Lucien was also vinified by Henri Jayer but from vineyards tended exclusively by Lucien. 

There's a Jaqueline Jayer...she's Henri's cousin.  Another cousin is Madeline Jayer who's married to Alfred Haegelen.  (Haegelen-Jayer).  Madeline's brother is named Robert and his label is "Jayer-Gilles."

Henri married Marcelle Rouget...her uncle worked at the Domaine de la Romanee-Conti. 

Henri's nephew is Emmanuel Rouget and he now takes care of the vineyards in the Jayer "domaine."  Today Emmanuel vinifies all the wines together and he bottles half under his name, the rest being offered under the names of the Jayer brothers.

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Might you also comment on the quality of the various bottlings?
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Posted 19 September 2003 - 02:13 PM

Might you also comment on the quality of the various bottlings?

I have not tasted enough of these to offer comments of much value.

What I can say is I cannot afford the prices these wines command today.


I was fortunate to be served an Henri Jayer Cros Parantoux 1992 last year. This was not a stellar vintage, yet the wine was incredibly complex and, though technically flawed, still a lovely bottle of wine. This was served "blind" and the host asked the guests to take a stab at identifying the wine. I guessed it to be a "small, artisan producer from Burgundy, Cote de Nuits, certainly...older wine or nearing maturity." The host, whom I later realized makes a career out of being a contrarian, then proclaimed it was a huge producer's effort.

"I don't care...all I can tell you is what I taste in this glass."
I think he was surprised I didn't cave in and change my mind about the wine...but I later saw this fellow really loves having people guess and then he routinely attempts to push them in an entirely different direction, especially if they are on the right track.

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The Emmanuel Rouget wines I've tasted have been good, but not superior to the current wines of the DRC or Leroy wines.

The Haegelen-Jayer wines have been pleasant, but not nearly as compelling as those of Meo-Camuzet (Henri Jayer used to 'rent' vineyards from the Camuzet's...the lease ran out a few years ago, so now Meo-Camuzet makes all its own), Henri Jayer or others.

Robert Jayer-Gilles wines are marked by a very strong toasty, smoky oak quality. If you're not a fan of decidedly woodsy/woody wines, his are not for you.

#5 ASCH

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Posted 19 September 2003 - 05:33 PM

Balex,

The Jayer wines have different names because they all come from different plots of Echezeaux in different climats (there are 11 in Echezeaux). The Henry is the best bottling, and is the most expensive - second in line would be the Georges (a more fruit driven example) - and then the Rouget which is a blend of the different plots.

Although there is a lot of misinformation about what exactly happens with the wines now, as Georges is dead, the wines are still different as Henry's vines are in Cruots and the others in Treux.

There is price difference - following the order listed above.

Your '85 is mature, so have fun!

#6 balex

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Posted 20 September 2003 - 01:10 AM

Thanks for the information; sometimes I think I will never really understand Burgundy. I'll post a tasting note when I drink some of it.

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Posted 20 September 2003 - 10:55 AM

...sometimes I think I will never really understand Burgundy.

It's a lifetime's work.

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Posted 12 October 2013 - 05:29 AM

I have been presented with a few bottles of Henri Jayer Echezeaux. Some have accents over the 1st and 2nd e in Echezeaux. I have seen online photos of labels with and without accents. Any rhyme or reason here would help in determining whether this is any indication of fakes.