Savigny-les-Beaune 2002, Simon Bize
This 2002 white Savigny has a straw yellow colour. The first nose is fairly open offering lemon cake and seasoned oak. The aromas progress to a delicate buttered crumpet, apricot, and white plum flesh. After dipping into obscurity for a few minutes the aromas return to baked lemon, sponge cake, and lemon tea. On the palate the wine punches above its village terroir ranking in terms of fruit weight. It exhibits medium to low acidity, with a good integration of white cherry flesh and apricot fruit flavours with savoury oak. This Savigny is potent and vinous on the palate, surprisingly so since it is just 12.5%. At this stage in its evolution the style is serious not light or refreshing. The structure on the palate suggests clay soils not well-drained limestone. Perfect match for veal dishes like osso bucco or aged hard cheeses.