About The Wine
Inside the Bottle: While this is one of the most elegant and readily available wine in the entire range of Simon Bize’s great premier crus, from Savigny-les-Beaune, she insists on seducing you. The nose is finely laced with red and orange flowers, first picks of the season of persian mulberry, fraises, cerise and sugar plumb with asian spice and sweet green herbs. In the first 30 minutes, all of those notes are tense and tease a little. After 45 minutes to an hour, everything starts to come around and become more decadent. During the entire time, it’s beautifully soft in the nose and palate which makes it nearly impossible to not be seduced by this gorgeously fine, but supple wine. Fournaux’s overwhelmingly elegant expression does nothing to detract from its seriousness and ageability, in fact, this wine has a very good reputation for aging. Like all wines from Simon Bize, this wine will take you on a ride but will never stray too far from delivering loads of fine pleasure from one sip to the next. Pull the cork and take your time with her so you don’t miss a single nuance.
Terroir: The vineyards of Savigny-Les-Beaune are divided by a little river called the Rhoin, dissecting the vines into northern and southern zones. The northern Premiers Crus (there are no Grand Crus) face south, giving them an advantage in warmth over their north-facing counterparts across the river. The northern plots also have a higher content of clay, allowing them to produce fleshier wines, which is why they can be considered superior. Aux Vergelesses is considered Savigny’s mightiest vineyard. Beneath it is another top Premier Cru, Les Lavières. Fournaux—which is named for ancient coal-fired kilns housed there, not because it is especially hot—lies just below those two, nearer to the bottom of the hill. The combination of these factors—southwest exposure, crumbly limestone-clay soil, shallow slope at the taper of the hill—leads to wines that offer a lovely compromise. They are supple and generous, though not without structure. They drink well young, but will reward short to medium aging.