Simon Bize is almost synonymous with Savigny les Beaune; it is the most prominent and accomplished producer in the appellation. Savigny les Beaune is perhaps thought of as 2nd tier Burgundy but wines from Bize are considered comparable to any producer in the Cote D’Or, as they have extensive holdings in the appellation’s best sites. The domaine began in 1890 and five generations of the Bize family have built and developed the domaine into the top producer it is today. Patrick Bize, in particular, raised the estate up starting in the 70s with construction of a new vinification facility, acquisition of new parcels and rigorous attention to vineyard maintenance. Patrick, who was a popular figure in Burgundy, died prematurely in 2013 and his wife Chisa now runs the estate.
Chisa had been a banker in Japan before she met Patrick. She was initially a housewife and wasn’t involved in the winemaking, but became involved when she thought her expertise could help the business side. Eventually, she sent herself to wine school at Domaine Laflaive’s Ecole du Vin et des Terroirs. There she learned about biodynamics and persuaded her husband, who was an old-school Burgundy guy, to adopt some of the methods. And, according to reports, she also applies a bit of Japanese philosophy.
Bize currently makes about sixteen different bottlings ranging from Bourgogne Blanc and Rouge to two Grand Crus (Corton-Charlemagne and Latricieres-Chambertin). We have the 2018 Champlains Bourgogne Blanc, Perrieres Bourgogne Rouge and Savigny les Beaune Les Marconnets 1er Cru. The Blanc is rich and round with butter and lemon notes. There is minimal sulfur added and it has about 5% Pinot Gris. The Rouge is medium-bodied and rustic with black fruit and olive tones. The Marconnets has a beautiful bouquet and is medium-bodied with integrated tannins and black fruit and pepper flavor notes and a satisfying finish. Match the white with goat cheese or Comté. Match the reds with Mont d’Or, Epoisses or Reblochon.
Simon Bize Les Champlains Bourgogne Blanc 2018
Retail Price: $39.99
Sale Price: $34.97
Simon Bize Les Perrieres Bourgogne Rouge 2018
Retail Price: $53.99
Sale Price: $47.97
Simon Bize Savigny les Beaune 1er Crus Les Marconnets Rouge 2018
Retail Price: $110.99
Sale Price: $99.97
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Castilla Ygay 2010 – at 98 pts a ‘First Growth’ Rioja
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Quintessa 2016 – 98pt Bordeaux Blend from Napa