Simon Bize – 2019


Chisa Bize 2021 Domaine Simon BizeTasted in Savigny-lès-Beaune with Chisa Bize, 25th May, 2021.

Domaine Simon Bize et Fils
12 Rue Chanoine Donin
21420 Savigny-lès-Beaune
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The recent vintages with Chisa:
For us 2016 was a much worse start than the frost of this year, it’s going to be hard in the whites of course. Despite this cold spell, the morale of the team is still good. As for 2019 and 2020, both were small harvests, this year will, of course, be the same. The volume for white wasn’t bad in 2020 – unlike the reds… But those wines will be magnificent.

Whilst none of the whites were bottled yet, most of the reds were already bottled – they began in March – there were still a few to do when I visited. The whites are sealed with normal cork – “I’m not a fan of DIAM. I’m aiming for 30 mg/l total sulfur and about 10mg free.

The wines…

Such a great set of whites waiting for you here in 2019. The reds started with a modest confiture but finished with grand vins for Savigny – that’s a brilliant range from 2019.

2019 Bourgogne Blanc Les Champlains
Was racked this last week – already 6 months assembled – helping to redistribute the lees. It will stay for a few weeks to settle before bottling. Vines from here in Savigny.
A forward nose – heavy with ripe fruit – but all nicely balanced – a citrus style fruit here. Silky, direct but still with an excellent weight to this equally citrus mouth-watering flavour. That’s a great Bourgogne – a super start to my week!
2019 Bourgogne Les Perrières
A little vibration of reduction at the core – it’s got very nice energy. Wider, open, less overtly about density like the last – shimmering with citrus energy – modestly mineral, again mouth-watering indeed almost juicy. Actually, despite the faint reduction, this would be my pick of the two Bourgognes – if I could only have one. Another really great wine!

2019 Savigny-lès-Beaune Blanc
A strong citrus core here, yellow citrus – concentrated but around this core of fruit all is open. Hmm, that’s wide, the most mineral of this trio and slowly becoming more intense and mouthwatering – a super intensity that follows strongly into the finish too – I like the openness and style of this wine a lot but the Perrieres has bit of extra character today. Excellent villages all the same.

2019 Pernand-Vergelesses
Slightly reductive, like the Bourgogne Perrières – or like a Pernand! Freshening and becoming a little floral. Direct, super-mineral, really mouth-watering too – I’d wait for this to become a little friendlier but what a super and invigorating glass of wine – I love it! A little finishing touch of tannin too – here the only wine with a suggestion of barrel, but already very faint!

Les Reds:

2019 Bourgogne Rouge Les Perrières
That’s a dark fruit – almost confiture but with a little extra whole-cluster energy – if I’m not mistaken! Mouth-filling and like the whites full of energy – there’s a modest tannin that frames the wine – adding a hint of dry but no grain. The flavour reflects the nose – ripe, attractive but also with a little floral perfume to add complexity and interest. That’s a tasty and fine Bourgogne and one that sustains a long finish too.

2019 Savigny-lès-Beaune
All from same area – near Planchots – two neighbouring vines, unlike the white with 3 parcels but from very different areas
A narrower but also deeper nose – also a little confiture but less overt than the Bourgogne – again with the perfume of stems from the vinification – a proper perfume. Incisive, directly fresh, a little mineral – but wide rather than direct. Widening further over the palate in the middle and finishing flavours. Ooh, that’s just so delicious and beautifully fresh too.

2019 Savigny-Lès-Beaune 1er Les Fourneaux
There is fruit but this time it has lost the jammy edge – but such a perfume of old rose complexity, here suggesting salinity too. Direct extra freshness in the mouth – more direct and mouth-watering – there’s no lack of acidity here – neither is there too much. Juicy but with structure too – no grain, just a little dryness from the tannin – but an accent only. The finish is intense and delicious – I wouldn’t hesitate in giving this 10 years in the cellar though it’s going to be drinkable, with pleasure, much earlier.

2019 Savigny-Lès-Beaune 1er Marconnets
Less forward but still a super width at the base of this nose – perfumed – like the others, again without any hint of jamminess – such a depth of fine perfume. Width again but here with an extra concentration to lessen the effect of the acidity seen in the Fourneaux – this you could already drink, should you wish, though it will be great from 10-20 years of age. Bravo! The finish is boader, wider than the Fourneaux too. “This is a place that doesn’t hold onto the moisture very well as there’s s little clay. I see a little strictness in this in 2019 – perhaps the water stress. But I do think that the vines are becoming more and more attuned to the drier weather and we have good acidities
2019 Savigny-Lès-Beaune 1er Talmettes
More airy and more overtly floral – as opposed to just the perfume of roses – there’s lots to find. Delicate but structural at the same time – I love the clarity of the complexity here. All framed with the subtly dry tannin, again without any grain. Beautiful finishing, more mineral – bravo!
2019 Savigny-Lès-Beaune 1er Aux Vergelesses
Less airy, a little less open but seemingly the nose that’s the most complete – if not largest – the finest of perfume here. Mouth-filling, structural too, almost the first sensation of a little tannic grain – almost. This the wine that’s most tight at the core but I hazard to say, possibly the most complete here too. This will be great wine but it will require more time than the previous cuvée to come around. Try after 5 but better after 10 years! A little reprise of very pure finishing fruit comes deep in the finish.

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