Bottle Notes, Burgundy

2006 Simon Bize Savigny Les Beaune Aux Vergelesses – Bottle Notes

Domaine Simon Bize is in Savigny-Les-Beaune, in Burgundy. The estate dates from the late 19th century, when the original Simon Bize started the vineyards. Several generations later the estate is still in the hands of the Bize family with Patrick Bize now in charge. The 53-acre estate includes grand cru parcels in Corton-Charlemagne and Latricieres-Chambertin. There are also premier cru wines. Burgundy expert Clive Coates has written that Patrick Bize “is one of Burgundy’s most sensitive perfectionistic winemakers…” and that the domaine “is an address not to be missed.”

Light red in color. Translucent. 13.5% ABV. Dried cherries, earth and mineral on the nose. Light in body with medium acidity. The wine has a touch of astringency with some substantial tannins. Cherries, strawberry and a huge dose of earthy soil on the palate. The long finish is the most appealing aspect of the wine. Tough wine to warm up to and I’m not sure additional bottle age is the answer.

My rating: 86 points.

Simon Bize is a great value in a world of expensive Burgundy. This bottle can be had for $50 or so. I’ve had good experience in the past but I would shop for proven vintages and, if given the opportunity, I would try before I buy.

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