It's hard to believe it's been five years since my last visit chez Bize. Sadly, Patrick Bize died in 2013, but his wife, Chisa, who worked alongside him, continues to run the estate, with the help of winemakers Guillaume Bott (whites) and Nicolas Gordo (reds) and Patrick's sister Marielle Grivot. On this return visit to Domaine Simon Bize, I tasted a fine range of 2015s, from Bourgogne to grand cru.
"Two days of rain at the end of August kick-started the ripening, and we began the harvest Sept. 12," Chisa told me. "There is 20 percent less crop due to small berries that had thick skins, but the grapes were healthy. The wines are high in alcohol but fresh, and the acidity is very stable."