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 Simon Bize is a substantial estate by Burgundy standards, with 22 hectares mainly in the appellation of Savigny Lès Beaune and two fine grand cru parcels in Corton Charlemagne and Latricières Chambertin. It is now under the careful management of Chisa, the late Patrick Bize’s wife, and Marielle Grivot, Patrick’s sister. They like to continue his practice of whole bunch fermentation and gentle handling of the fruit during the vinification process. The result is always very stylish wines, which possess the sweetness of fruit and subtle core of tannins, which are such a character of the wines of Savigny.
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.