JEAN-NICOLAS MÉO, Domaine Nicolas-Jay, Yamhill-Carlton AVA
Jean-Nicolas is the winemaker at Domaine Méo-Camuzet in Burgundy and the co-founder and winemaker at Domaine Nicolas-Jay in the Willamette Valley. After taking the reins at his family domaine in 1989, Jean-Nicolas began defining his own signature style, with an emphasis on depth, grace, and impeccable balance—a style that has brought Méo-Camuzet international fame and earned Jean-Nicolas respect as one of the finest Pinot noir winemakers in the world. Though Jean-Nicolas has deep roots in Burgundy, he has long nurtured an appreciation for Pinots from other parts of the world—most notably for the wines of Oregon, which he discovered while attending the IPNC in 1991.
Inspired by the quality and diversity of the Willamette Valley terroir, in 2012, Jean-Nicolas partnered with his friend of three decades, visionary music entrepreneur Jay Boberg to found Domaine Nicolas-Jay. There he applies insights gained from working with legendary sites such as Richebourg, Clos de Vougeot, Corton Clos Rognet, and Échezeaux.
Given their shared love of Pinot noir, and their common goal to build something lasting together, in 2012, Jay and Jean-Nicolas purchased the organically-farmed Bishop Creek Vineyard on the hillsides of the Yamhill-Carlton AVA, a site characterized by the diversity of its soils, clones, and elevation. To complement the exceptional estate fruit, Jay, Jean-Nicolas, and associate winemaker Tracy Kendall have established relationships with famed vineyards throughout the Willamette Valley, including Nysa, Momtazi, Zenith, and Knight’s Gambit. The 2014 Willamette Valley Pinot Noir was their début wine, followed by two limited, single vineyard designates. Nicolas-Jay joins the ranks of several established Burgundian winemakers in the Willamette Valley and further validates the promise of Oregon’s winemaking landscape, while also bringing Burgundy’s finest touch to the region.