Henri Jayer

Region: Burgundy

Henri Jayer

Region: Burgundy

People who appreciate outstanding red wines avidly collect vintages produced under the label of the late Henri Jayer. Today, the innovative French vintner's increasingly rare products still appeal to wine experts.

Henri Jayer (1922-2006) excelled as a French vintner. Born in Vosnee-Romanée, he gained a degree in wine making from the University of Dijon as a young man. During the 1950s, he began producing fine wines on several small parcels of land he had inherited. The Henri Jayer label soon gained a reputation for extraordinary balance, a quality especially associated with his dark red wines.

Henri Jayer differed from many contemporaries by insisting upon some specific cultivation techniques that he believed would enhance the overall quality of wine. He opted for lower grape harvests grown through careful, very attentive cultivation methods instead of focusing on techniques that might have yielded higher quantities of grapes. For instance, his vineyards did not use pesticides; instead, meticulous weeding helped his vines thrive. Additionally, he would remove the stems of grapes before sending produce for crushing, a decision that reduced the level of bitter tannins in the wines carried under his label.

His label eventually gained particular acclaim for producing wines at a small vineyard in Vosne-Romanée, Cros-Parantoux, and a property he purchased from the Camuzet family. In 1996, he began working closely with his nephew, Emmanuel Rouget, and he remained active as a vintner until the early years of this century. Henri Jayer passed away at the age of 84 in 2006.

Today, Jayer's wines remain the high water mark at auction in terms of price per bottle. These wines generally command 4 figures, and the top wines can easily exceed in to the 5 figures. No matter what wine it is, anything with Jayer's name on it will be magically, as not only were his wines awe-inspiring, but the generation of wine making he left behind is trying to produce at the same level too.

 

Henri Jayer Wine Sold at Auction

Item Realized
Vosne Romanee 1996 Cros Parantoux, H. Jayer 6sdc Bottle (12) ... (Total: 12 Btls. )
Vosne Romanee 1996 Cros Parantoux, H. Jayer 6sdcBottle (12)... (Total: 12 Btls. )
Lot 305
Auction 5072
Friday, May 6, 2011
$41,825.00
Vosne Romanee 1996 Cros Parantoux, H. Jayer 1cuc to show branded cork Bottle (6) ... (Total: 6 Btls. )
Vosne Romanee 1996 Cros Parantoux, H. Jayer 1cuc to show branded corkBottle (6)... (Total: 6 Btls. )
Lot 184
Auction 5163
Friday, December 13, 2013
$31,720.00
Vosne Romanee 1997 Cros Parantoux, H. Jayer Magnum (3) ... (Total: 3 Mags. )
Vosne Romanee 1997 Cros Parantoux, H. Jayer Magnum (3)... (Total: 3 Mags. )
Lot 454
Auction 5183
Saturday, March 22, 2014
$19,520.00
Vosne Romanee 1996 Cros Parantoux, H. Jayer Magnum (1)... (Total: 1 Mag. )
Vosne Romanee 1996 Cros Parantoux, H. Jayer Magnum (1)... (Total: 1 Mag. )
Lot 157
Auction 5310
Saturday, November 19, 2016
$15,860.00
Vosne Romanee 1996 Cros Parantoux, H. Jayer Bottle (3) ... (Total: 3 Btls. )
Vosne Romanee 1996 Cros Parantoux, H. Jayer Bottle (3)... (Total: 3 Btls. )
Lot 611
Auction 5109
Friday, June 15, 2012
$13,145.00

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ItemCurrent Bid
Echezeaux 1996 H. Jayer Bottle (1)
Echezeaux 1996 H. Jayer Bottle (1)

Auction 5322
Friday, December 1, 2017

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Open for bidding around November 13
Echezeaux 1995 H. Jayer 1nl Bottle (2)
Echezeaux 1995 H. Jayer 1nlBottle (2)

Auction 5322
Friday, December 1, 2017

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