Domaine Simon Bize et Fils

Location: Savigny-lès-Beaune, Côte de Beaune, Burgundy
Established: 1950 
Varieties: Pinot Noir, Chardonnay
Viticulture: Sustainable
Vinification: Whites – Directly pressed, native yeast fermentation over 4 – 6 weeks. Aged in barrels (0-50% new). Reds – 100% whole cluster, native yeast fermentation in tanks with punch-downs and pump-overs, aged in barrels (0-20% new).

The first Simon Bize to plant these vineyards in Savigny-lès-Beaune did so in 1880. The parcels were taken over and added to by his son Simon, and then his son Simon took over in 1950, becoming the first generation to bottle and sell the wines of the domain, which were quite sought-after by restaurants and individual connoisseurs in the 50s and 60s. In 1972, Patrick Bize (the fourth generation) joined his father, adding to the estate with new parcels, expanded cellars and on-site winemaking facilities. Tragically, Patrick died suddenly in 2013 at the age of 60. His family stepped in, led by his wife Chisa, who had long worked alongside her husband.
It was Chisa who had been the driving force behind the estate’s turn toward biodynamic farming, having  studied with biodynamic pioneers Anne-Claude Leflaive and Antoine Lepetit de la Bigne at the École du Vin et des Terroirs in Puligny Montrachet. A decade after Patrick’s passing, the team is still led by Chisa and her sister-in-law Marielle. They are dedicated to impeccable farming; to natural, non-interventionist methods, as exemplified by the use of homeopathics instead of sulfur or copper to fight diseases in the vineyards. No pesticides or herbicides are ever used.
These are not the overly rustic, tannic wines that Savigny was once known for – instead there is precision, elegance, and freshness.