Founded in 1868, Domaine Simon Bize forged an enviable reputation during the 1970s under the widely admired Patrick Bize. Since his death in 2013, the estate has been run by Patrick’s wife Chisa, who has continued the domaine’s long tradition of crafting time-defying Pinot Noirs and crystalline Chardonnays that are the reference point for Savigny-lès-Beaune.
A student of biodynamic pioneer Anne-Claude Leflaive in Puligny-Montrachet, Chisa uses an amalgam of organics and biodynamics – coined as “Bize-dynamics” – to farm 22ha of vineyards across Savigny-lès-Beaune, including six 1er Crus and Grand Cru parcels in Corton-Charlemagne and Latricières-Chambertin.
Bize follows the practice of working with whole bunches during vinification, resulting in vividly fruity wines with gorgeous aromas and exquisite freshness, which develop increasing complexity for decades after they are made.
A 1.8ha parcel of 50-year-old vines overlooking Savigny, ‘Les Perrières’ produces dense and mineral wines that perform high above their Bourgogne-level appellations. From a vineyard planted in 1939, 1950, and 1979, ‘Aux Grands Liards’ is perfumed with red berries and sweet spices, while 1er Cru ‘Aux Vergelesses’ offers a rich core of fruit threaded with muscular tannins. Powerful and long-lived, Bize’s Corton-Charlemagne is full of energy, while her Latricières-Chambertin exudes richness and finesse.
For a long time, the Bize wines were a well-kept secret, but they are now justifiably on the radar of many Burgundy lovers – their quality and longevity speak for themselves.
Bourgogne Blanc ‘Les Perrières’ 2018 (£44) Sold out
Bright and poised – fresh orchard fruit and flinty minerality. Drink to 2028+.
Bourgogne Rouge ‘Les Perrières’ 2019 (£44) Sold out
Supple berry fruit layered with liquorice and herbal nuances. Drink to 2030.
Savigny-lès-Beaune ‘Aux Grands Liards’ 2017 (£55) Sold out
Fragrant, ripe berries lifted by citrussy freshness. 1er Cru in all but name. Drink to 2036+.
Savigny-Les-Beaune 1er Cru ‘Aux Vergelesses’ 2017 (£82) Sold out
Gorgeous red fruit and light spice supported by airy tannins. Drink to 2036+.
Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru 2018 (£220) Sold out
Lemon and orange blossom scent. Silky, chalk-infused palate. Drink to 2038+.
Latricières-Chambertin Grand Cru 2018 (£230) Sold out
Blackberry and olive tinged with sous bois. Sappy, saline finish. Drink to 2040+.
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