The last premier cru before reaching Pernand Vergelesses. This vineyard is distinguished by its soil’s high chalk content. A deep purple colour, the palate opens with red cherries and tayberries. The initial succulence gives way to drive and chiselled minerality. A wine with excellent depth and long, lingering flavours.
A more complex nose of white flower, pear, spice and citrus-tinged aromas is trimmed in just enough wood to notice. There is a lovely minerally adding lift to the well-concentrated middle weight flavors that possess a racy, saline and balanced finish where the wood telegraphed by the nose reemerges. Drink 2022+
The 2017 Savigny-lès-Beaune Les Vergelesses 1er Cru was somewhat muted on the nose compared to other Premier Crus from Bize. It didn’t want to come out and play on the day of my visit! The palate is medium-bodied and demonstrates good intensity, perhaps the most structure and grip of the range, and lovely raspberry and light spicy notes toward the finish. Give this three or four years to allow the aromatics to open. 2022 - 2036
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.