Savigny lès Beaune…the unusual accent grave in “lès” is apparently there because it derives from the Latin latus, meaning “at the side” (of Beaune), which indeed Savigny lès Beaune is, neighboring the north side of the main town center. The Bize domaine was established in 1880 but it was the entrepreneurial mindset of Simon Bize III that led to the marketing of his own wines in 1950, by directly approaching his privately established network of consumers and restaurants. By 1972 when his son Patrick took the helm, the domaine’s reputation among connoisseurs allowed the building of their own vinification facility and expansion in additional vineyard parcels, now with a total of 22 hectares under ownership. In 2013 Patrick passed away too young, at 60, and now his wife Chisa is at the helm of the domaine.
‘Aux Vergelesses’ has vines planted in 1939, 1949, and 1954 with a combination of marl and limestone.
The goût de terroir found in Savigny lès Beaune, referred to in some circles as “scented and fugitive” will benefit with a more rustic pairing like mushroom and lamb based cassoulet or potato gratin with sausages. Lob them into a decanter however because they can show backward early on after lifting the cork. Air helps!