Among the best pioneers of the Côte-d’Or are Robert Jayer-Gilles and his son Gilles. Robert is a native of Vosne-Romanee and a cousin of the great Henri Jayer. He started his career in 1948 as an apprentice working for Andre Noblet, the then cellarmaster at the Domaine de la Romanee-Conti.
Robert retired in 1997 and his son, Gilles Jayer, who started working with his father in the 1980s, took control. His vineyards are planted at the same density, 10,000 vines per hectare, as on the Côte proper. This is unusual in the Hautes Côtes where more than 90% of the appellation is planted at less than half this density, as is the Jayers, practice of harvesting by hand.
Gilles Jayer took over from his father, Robert, in 1998 and continues to produce fantastic wines, collected around the world. Best known for his Echezeaux, Gilles puts the same amount of dedication into all his wines setting high standards in both red and white wines from the Hautes Cotes.
Due to illness Gilles sold his domaine in 2017 and sadly passed away in 2018.