Talmettes is perched on the crest of the hill in Savigny, and the site’s elevation keeps it cool and its wines always have a restrained soprano voice. The Bize style is all here: pale garnet colour with a lightly scented nose of dark berries and rose petals. This floral nature flows through the palate whose sweet core of fine fruit is supported by silky tannins. The best of 2013, and the best of Bize: this is delicious.
The Domaine’s holding in Talmettes is very much considered the best within the vineyard. This has great substance with layers of dark berry fruits. It is rounded, full and concentrated with lovely fine length at the end.
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.