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 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.