Cécile grew up in Vosne-Romanée but although her parents owned 7ha of
vines, they rented them out under various sharecropping arrangements.
Her grandparents were also not winemakers, although Cécile’s great
grandfather Edouard Jayer was a cooper in Nuits-St-Georges before WW1
and uncle of the legendary Henri Jayer. Cécile’s work in the vineyards
is fastidious, with the vines pruned to give a low 25 to 36hh, the soil
is hoed by hand and not deep ploughed. Having worked organically from
the outset she has now converted all her vineyard practices to
biodynamics. Cécile works from a new purpose built, spacious cellar in
Morey St Denis right next to her Très Girard plot. At harvest time she
is helped by a large team who pick grapes only when she judges the
moment is absolutely right – she is quite prepared to harvest
microscopic vineyards in two or three tries if necessary. The wines
stay on their fine lees with no racking until they are prepared for
bottling, when they are neither fined not filtered, SO2 is added at
different stages and eventually tallies up to 50-60mg/l total.
The Vielle Vignes Vosne-Romanee comes from a 0.53ha parcel of vines in
Jacquines (50yo) and also Aux Communes (40yo). 75% destalked and aged
in 30% new oak this wine is a bright dark red colour. The tannins are
extremely fine, and there is real lift on the long finish. Old vines
give the wine its complexity and character. Always the last wine to
finish its malos. Cecile’s wines are becoming ever more sought after so
we are thrilled to hold a few of these special bottles in stock.