An outstanding vineyard facing south-east producing a wine with a delicious generosity of sweet black fruits and caramelised toffee. Broad, with a very giving volume and texture, this is long and sweet and will give huge pleasure from a relatively early age.
The 2014 Savigny les Beaune 1er Cru les Vergelesses has a very limestone-infused bouquet with briary and blackberry leaf. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin, a little rough around the edges at the moment, but with a very appealing marine influence on the finish. This is one of the more cerebral offerings from the domaine this year and it will deserve a couple of years in bottle. Drink 2018-2028
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.