Henri Jayer was born in Vosne-Romanée in 1922 and continued to live and work in the village for much of his life. He studied oenology at the University of Dijon and joined the wine industry when he agreed to sharecrop the Camuzet family’s holdings from 1945. He looked after the vineyards and in return kept 50% of the crop for himself. The first wines labelled under Henri Jayer date from the 1950s.
The wines of Henri Jayer (1922-2006) have mythical status in Burgundy. Coveted by many but tasted by just a precious few, they are some of the region’s rarest and most desirable – considered by some to be the pinnacle of what can be achieved with Pinot Noir.
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