Simon Bize

The Story

It could be said that we drink more wines from this estate than any in Burgundy. The reason is that their range is so diverse and incredibly well-made that from one night to the next, and for weeks straight, you can drink wines that will fascinate with their diversity and perfect craftsmanship. They are also some of the most profound wines made in what most consider a secondary appellation in the Côte d’Or, Savigny-les-Beaune. I don’t like using the term “overachiever” because one can never overachieve; one can only reach the height of their potential and it seems that Bize does this time and time again. The wines at this domaine find a level of Savigny-les-Beaune that many may think not possible with this appellation.

Domaine Simon Bize was under the direction of Patrick Bize for 20 years or so. Sadly, during the harvest of 2013 Patrick unexpectedly passed away, at age 60. The future of this estate is somewhat unknown, but once you meet his wife, Chisa Bize, you know that the estate is the good hands. Read More

She has long been quietly involved with Patrick along the way, encouraging him the direction of organic and biodynamic farming, principals that have been quietly applied to the estate for years. Also, Nicolas Gordo, Patrick’s long-time winemaker, has been overseeing the cellar work for many years and while the wines of the domaine will no longer have Patrick’s finishing touch, they were left in very capable hands. So far, what we’ve seen coming could even, dare I say, eclipse what has been achieved in the past.

Lay of the Land

Savigny-les-Beaune, one of Burgundy’s most overlooked appellations, is one of our favorites. It’s not because it has the best or most famous vineyards, it’s because there are great vineyards and some very special producers that make wine from this village, like four producers that we work with: The resident producers Simon Bize and Jean-Marc & Hughues Pavelot, and the outsiders Nico Rossignol, from Volnay, and Bruno Clair, from Gevrey-Chambertin and Marsannay.

The appellation is cleft in two by a creek that once was a more torrent river.  Between the north and south hills of Savigny-les-Beaune is a great study of what effect different soil types, aspects, valleys, combes, dejection cones, elevations and grade of slopes can have on wines that share close proximity and the same grape. Savigny-les-Beaune is one of Burgundy’s best, most affordable and underrated teachers of terroir.  The difference between Bize and others is that these wines perform at the highest level in Burgundy, despite the appellation.

 

 

Somin Bize Aux Vergelesses

Simon Bize - 2014 Savigny-les-Beaune Rouge, 1er Cru Aux Vergelesses

Price: $92.00
Size: 750ml
Availability:

24+ in stock

Type of Wine: Red
Style: Rustic, Elegant and Aromatic

Inside the Bottle: This wine has it all. However, if you are impatient, you will get what you deserve:  Very little. This wine sets the tone immediately with tension in both the nose and the palate. The aromas start slowly and build over hours to a crescendo. The process of watching Aux Vergelesses display its magnificent range is much like watching a great movie. Actually, it's more like watching a great foreign film, which keeps you engaged through having to read the subtitles all the way until the end. And, if you miss a crucial sentence, you could be lost until the entire plot is revealed.  With Aux Vergelesses, you won't want to miss a single sentence.

Aux Vergelesses is poetry in the bottle. If you don't understand her language, you will be lost in it. In both the nose and palate, the start is flowers and herbs, followed by earth and soft red fruits. After her discrete first hour, the signs of its true depth start to emerge. The once tense, acidic red fruits become more dense and sappy while adding layers of dark fruits, blackberries, griotte and black plumb. The floral range evolves from pink and white, to sweet red and violet. Wet forest and earth, morels, wild thyme, and moss subtly resonate in back of your nose and palate after the sweet fruit and flower notes have wilted away. The structure evolves from angular grit, to velvet. Albeit cliché, yes, this is the velvet glove, iron fist. Aux Vergelesses represents the best of what Burgundy is, even from this modest and grossly overlooked appellation.

Terroir:  I had the fortune to drive the vineyards quite a few times with Patrick Bize before he passed, in 2013.  His reverence for this vineyard and its position in the hierarchy was clear.  As we drove along, he explained that the upper slopes were a more white soil than the lower slopes and that's why he planted Chardonnay up high. From the vantage point of Jarrons (more famously known as Dominode), another great premier cru, on the opposing south hill of Savigny-les-Beaune, the secret of Aux Vergelesses is exposed.  Standing there and looking at this vineyard, it's impossible not to notice that its southeast facing slope perfectly matches that of Corton, in the distance. If the erosion between Savigny-les-Beaune and the Corton hadn't happened, it is likely that Aux Vergelesses would have been the continuation of the hill of Corton. Despite Aux Vergelesses not being as profound by sight, it can be equally profound as a Grand Cru from Corton, only in a more discretely feminine way.

The Wine

Inside the Bottle: This wine has it all. However, if you are impatient, you will get what you deserve:  Very little. This wine sets the tone immediately with tension in both the nose and the palate. The aromas start slowly and build over hours to a crescendo. The process of watching Aux Vergelesses display its magnificent range is much like watching a great movie. Actually, it's more like watching a great foreign film, which keeps you engaged through having to read the subtitles all the way until the end. And, if you miss a crucial sentence, you could be lost until the entire plot is revealed.  With Aux Vergelesses, you won't want to miss a single sentence.

Aux Vergelesses is poetry in the bottle. If you don't understand her language, you will be lost in it. In both the nose and palate, the start is flowers and herbs, followed by earth and soft red fruits. After her discrete first hour, the signs of its true depth start to emerge. The once tense, acidic red fruits become more dense and sappy while adding layers of dark fruits, blackberries, griotte and black plumb. The floral range evolves from pink and white, to sweet red and violet. Wet forest and earth, morels, wild thyme, and moss subtly resonate in back of your nose and palate after the sweet fruit and flower notes have wilted away. The structure evolves from angular grit, to velvet. Albeit cliché, yes, this is the velvet glove, iron fist. Aux Vergelesses represents the best of what Burgundy is, even from this modest and grossly overlooked appellation.

Terroir:  I had the fortune to drive the vineyards quite a few times with Patrick Bize before he passed, in 2013.  His reverence for this vineyard and its position in the hierarchy was clear.  As we drove along, he explained that the upper slopes were a more white soil than the lower slopes and that's why he planted Chardonnay up high. From the vantage point of Jarrons (more famously known as Dominode), another great premier cru, on the opposing south hill of Savigny-les-Beaune, the secret of Aux Vergelesses is exposed.  Standing there and looking at this vineyard, it's impossible not to notice that its southeast facing slope perfectly matches that of Corton, in the distance. If the erosion between Savigny-les-Beaune and the Corton hadn't happened, it is likely that Aux Vergelesses would have been the continuation of the hill of Corton. Despite Aux Vergelesses not being as profound by sight, it can be equally profound as a Grand Cru from Corton, only in a more discretely feminine way.

About The Wine

Inside the Bottle: This wine has it all. However, if you are impatient, you will get what you deserve:  Very little. This wine sets the tone immediately with tension in both the nose and the palate. The aromas start slowly and build over hours to a crescendo. The process of watching Aux Vergelesses display its magnificent range is much like watching a great movie. Actually, it's more like watching a great foreign film, which keeps you engaged through having to read the subtitles all the way until the end. And, if you miss a crucial sentence, you could be lost until the entire plot is revealed.  With Aux Vergelesses, you won't want to miss a single sentence.

Aux Vergelesses is poetry in the bottle. If you don't understand her language, you will be lost in it. In both the nose and palate, the start is flowers and herbs, followed by earth and soft red fruits. After her discrete first hour, the signs of its true depth start to emerge. The once tense, acidic red fruits become more dense and sappy while adding layers of dark fruits, blackberries, griotte and black plumb. The floral range evolves from pink and white, to sweet red and violet. Wet forest and earth, morels, wild thyme, and moss subtly resonate in back of your nose and palate after the sweet fruit and flower notes have wilted away. The structure evolves from angular grit, to velvet. Albeit cliché, yes, this is the velvet glove, iron fist. Aux Vergelesses represents the best of what Burgundy is, even from this modest and grossly overlooked appellation.

Terroir:  I had the fortune to drive the vineyards quite a few times with Patrick Bize before he passed, in 2013.  His reverence for this vineyard and its position in the hierarchy was clear.  As we drove along, he explained that the upper slopes were a more white soil than the lower slopes and that's why he planted Chardonnay up high. From the vantage point of Jarrons (more famously known as Dominode), another great premier cru, on the opposing south hill of Savigny-les-Beaune, the secret of Aux Vergelesses is exposed.  Standing there and looking at this vineyard, it's impossible not to notice that its southeast facing slope perfectly matches that of Corton, in the distance. If the erosion between Savigny-les-Beaune and the Corton hadn't happened, it is likely that Aux Vergelesses would have been the continuation of the hill of Corton. Despite Aux Vergelesses not being as profound by sight, it can be equally profound as a Grand Cru from Corton, only in a more discretely feminine way.