Henri Jayer was a producer of red Burgundy known for making some of the most critically acclaimed and expensive Pinot Noir in the world. Jayer retired in from winemaking in 2001 and passed away in 2006, and the domaine was left to his nephew, Emmanuel Rouget, and all vintages since 2001 have been released under his name. Limited production and the finite number in existence have made Henri Jayer's wines some of the most collectible and highly priced in the world.
The label was founded by Jayer when he inherited 3 hectares (7 acres) of land in the Côte d'Or, including parcels in the grand cru vineyard Echézeaux. He began bottling wine under his own name in the early 1950s, including wines made from fruit from vineyards he tended, owned by the Noirot-Camuzet family. Jayer's most famous wines came from the Echézeaux and Richebourg grand cru vineyards, and the premier cru vineyard Cros Parantoux. In 2014 a case of 1985 Vosne-Romanée Cros Parantoux from Jayer's private collection sold for $265,200 at an auction in Hong Kong.
Emmanuel Rouget's wines still command high prices but are not yet close to the astronomical figures of Jayer's.