The most esteemed of the village’s premier cru vineyards, this is a beautifully pure harmonious style, with red cherry fruits and a mineral tannic core. Full and long on the finish.
The 2016 Savigny-lès-Beaune 1er Cru Les Vergelesses has a well-defined bouquet with scents of blackberry, hints of blueberry and crushed rose petals, a distant scent of cold stone emerging with time. I would have just liked a little more precision perhaps, but the aromatics certainly have charm. The palate is medium-bodied with firm tannin, more structured and austere than the Fournaux with a strong, brine-tinged finish. This will require three or four years in barrel to smooth the edges, but again, this has good potential. Drink 2021-2034
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.