Jayer also had ambitions in a tiny vineyard that he had assembled in pinot noir at Cros-Parantoux. His fellows did not want it because the rocky soil was not conducive to a good yield. Its elevation higher than Richebourg was however ideal. Jayer understood that he could make the best wine in the world on his 1.01 hectare field.
1978 is a very favorable year for the Côtes-de-Nuits, with little sun in summer and a perfect autumn. Jayer took the opportunity to add to his trade the Cros-Parantoux, grading 13.5%.
The Henri Jayer brand is replaced in 2002 by Domaine Emmanuel Rouget operated by his nephew. On February 10, 2012 the sale of his private cellar at Christie's fetched HK $ 66M overall including premium over a lower estimate of HK $ 20M. Provenance is essential in wine sales because it guarantees the quality of the storage conditions which are highly important for old Bourgognes.
On June 17 in Geneva, Baghera Wines sells the last bottles from the private reserve of Domaine Henri Jayer.
The lot 160 estimated above CHF 280K is a vertical of 15 magnums of Vosne-Romanée Cros-Parantoux from 1978 to 2001. It is particularly attractive because the magnums offer a better long-term preservation than the bottles and because the foundation year 1978 is included.
The leading case of twelve bottles is a Cros-Parantoux from the 1985 vintage which was also exceptional throughout the terroir of Vosne-Romanée including the Romanée-Conti. It is estimated over CHF 120K, lot 93. The leading case of six magnums is lot 135 in the 1999 vintage, estimated over CHF 110K.
Results achieved by Christie's in 2012 include HK $ 2.05M including premium on a lot of twelve bottles Cros-Parantoux 1985 and HK $ 1.57M including premium on a lot of three bottles Richebourg 1978.
RESULTS INCLUDING PREMIUM (source : AFP)
Total of the sale : CHF 34.5M
Lot 160 : CHF 1.16M
Lot 135 : CHF 530K
Top single bottle : CHF 50K (Richebourg 1986)