After three generations of vignerons named Simon Bize helming this domaine, Patrick Bize joined his father in 1972. Patrick’s father had begun domaine-bottling in 1950 under the belief that a close relationship with his clients was as important as a close relationship with his vines. For Patrick’s part, he grew the domaine through purchases of new parcels, and built new winemaking facilities as well as expanded the cellars. Domaine Simon Bize became an example in Savigny Les Beaune, well known for showing the top quality Burgundy can achieve even in its more humble appellations. Patrick Bize passed away unexpectedly at the age of 61 in October of 2013. Today, Patrick’s wife Chisa and his sister Marielle carry on his goal to pursue quality careful work in the vines, in respect with nature, and strive to ensure the domaine’s future in a healthy environment.
Winemaking and Style
The Simon Bize wines are outstanding examples of the Savigny Les Beaune appellation. All premium whites are fermented in oak barrels (15-20% new for most cuvées; 30% new for the Corton-Charlemagne). Battonage is done in varying degrees depending on vintage conditions and the whites are ages in barrel for six to twelve months depending on the cru. The domaine favors whole cluster fermentation for their reds, as long as the necessary ripeness is achieved in the vineyard. Domaine Simon Bize works very delicately with the reds in order to create wines with elegance and restraint. To do this, the reds go through a four to five day cold soak prior to fermentation in order to lightly extract color and aromas , and all cap management is by foot in order to ensure delicate extraction. The resulting wines have pure fruit flavors and a refreshing acidity which expresses the characteristics of each vintage. These very classic wines have amazing depth and length with excellent ageing potential.