- Willamette Valley, Oregon, United States
Nicolas-Jay is a collaboration between two long-time friends - famed Burgundian winemaker Jean-Nicolas Méo of Domaine Méo-Camuzet, and visionary music entrepreneur and wine-lover Jay Boberg. In 2011, Jay approached Jean-Nicolas with the idea of starting a small winery in Oregon. Jean-Nicolas had been making wine at Méo-Camuzet for almost 25 years and was very intrigued and excited by the idea of working with Pinot Noir in a new terroir.
Knowing that the wines of Nicolas-Jay would be defined by the vineyards, Jean- Nicolas and Jay began a lengthy exploration of the Willamette Valley. They established relationships with some of the finest vineyards in the AVA, and took ownership of the Bishop Creek Vineyard in Yamhill Carlton AVA after being blown away at a tasting by the expressiveness of the site.
With a focus on freshness and balance, Nicolas-Jay is often one of the first wineries to harvest the vineyards it partners with. The grapes are 100% destemmed and pressed very slowly and at low pressures to accentuate pure fruit and a silky mouthfeel. Nicolas-Jay brings Burgundian traditions to their winemaking while aiming to express the natural elegance of Oregon’s Willamette Valley.