A reserved but very structured style. This has excellent ageing potential, with deep earthy blackberry fruit flavours. A wine with real personality and the classic hint of rusticity for which the appellation is famed.
The 2012 Savigny-les-Beaune 1er Cru Les Fourneaux came directly from cuves. The nose is a little more muted than the village crus at this point, biding its time in the glass, revealing broody forest floor aromas intermingling with red brambly fruits intermingled with dried herbs. The palate is medium-bodied with lithe, fine tannins. It is very compact at the moment, very linear towards the finish but nicely defined with a touch of spice lingering on the finish. The other premier crus will be sold next year with the 2013s to balance the books with the impending shortfall.
Domaine Bize is one of the most famous names in the Côte de Beaune and today, whilst continuing under the name of his father, the estate is run by his charmingly articulate son Patrick. Patrick claims his education in vine growing and wine making was not done at wine school but in the cellars of his father's friends whose names read like a who's who of wine; Henri Jayer, the Marquisd'Angerville, Aubert de Villaine of Romanée-Conti and so the list goes on... It is therefore nosurprise that in Patrick's wines one scents passion rather than the science of wine making.
The picturesque village of Savigny-lès-Beaune, just to the north of Beaune, is a relatively prolific producer in Burgundian terms. Less serious than its neighbours, Pommard and Volnay, these are nonethless delicious wines - perfumed, delicate and elegant. A tiny amount of white is produced.