A weightier more powerful wine than Talmettes, but absolutely its equal in quality. This has dark layered black cherry and berry fruit with a muscular tannic component. It is very elegant, yet the finish is full and rich.
Layered aromas consist primarily of forest floor, dark cherry and a whisper of violet. The more serious, mineral-suffused and concentrated flavors deliver solid persistence and complexity on mildly austere finale. While this should drink well after 4 to 5 years, it should also reward a decade of cellaring. Drink 2027+
The 2017 Savigny-lès-Beaune Aux Guettes 1er Cru has a strict, backward bouquet, the crushed stone more expressive than the tightly wound black fruit that loiters in the background. The palate is well balanced, and here, the fruit is more forward: raspberry, wild strawberry and a dash of white pepper. This feels cohesive, natural and balanced, almost lilting, toward the precise, satisfying finish. Très Savigny. 2021 - 2038
The 2017 Savigny-lès-Beaune 1er Cru Aux Guettes is the high point of Bize's Savigny collection this year, wafting from the glass with a captivating bouquet of rose petals, peonies, red cherries, plums and spicy soil tones. On the palate, the wine is medium to full-bodied, layered and complete, with a deep core of crunchy fruit, chalky but fine-grained tannins and a long, fragrant finish. This will be well worth seeking out.
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.