En Primeur | Domaine Simon Bize 2019
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 wines are always very stylish, with sweet fruit and a subtle core of tannins. Quintessential Savigny.
Chisa is pleased with the 2019s. It was a tricky year, she says, but ultimately a very positive one. The summer heat was the biggest challenge and to combat this the vineyard team only carried out work in the cool of the mornings. Chisa says this prevented the vines (and the team!) from becoming too stressed. In the winery her approach is always tailored to the vintage and, compared to previous years, in 2019 fewer punch downs were needed to extract colour, flavour and tannin. The wines are deftly made, and have precision, purity and elegance.
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Size Qty Price Price (Inc VAT) Stat
Savigny lès Beaune 1er Cru Les Fourneaux Simon Bize
12x75cl 5 £425.00 EP
Goedhuis, December 2020
Les Fournaux is the first Premier Cru as you enter the village of Savigny from Beaune and tends to be the most forward of the domaine’s Premiers Crus. Charming and approachable in its youth, it is bursting with sweet, spiced, dark berry fruits. Harmonious, with balanced richness, the tannins are very silky for a Savigny and it has an attractive lift of freshness on the finish.
Neal Martin, December 2020,
The 2019 Savigny-lès-Beaune Les Fournaux 1er Cru is a little more backward and subdued on the nose compared to the other Premier Crus at the moment. Black cherries and bilberry reluctantly emerge, the nose seeming just a tad subdued at first. The palate is medium-bodied with grainy tannins, nicely focused and more elegant than the Les Grands Liards. Fine precision on the saline finish. This represents another excellent 2019 from Bize. Drink 2023 - 2033
Wine Advocate, Janaury 2020,
On the day of my visit, the 2019 Savigny-lès-Beaune 1er Cru Les Fournaux was one of the few comparatively reserved wines in a demonstrative portfolio, unwinding in the glass with scents of spicy berry fruit and loamy soil. Medium-bodied, bright and lively, Chisa Bize attributes its notable freshness and vivacity to the fact that it was picked in the morning, before 10 a.m.
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