Domaine Simon Bize is one of the highly respected Burgundian addresses, a classic, or as the French are fond of saying, an ‘incontournable’ – ‘an absolute must’. The Domaine is situated in Savigny-les-Beaune, just across the road from the Chateau de Savigny, now an airplane and motorcycle museum. One of the previous owners of the Chateau once fought for mules to be used in Burgundian vineyards stating that horses were too heavy and would compact the soil unnecessarily. His idea was considered to be undignified. Savigny has always been home to interesting folks. The Domaine has grown considerably through the years. The list of appellations is long and contains not only a bouquet of Savignys but also a trio of Bourgogne Blancs, a splendid Aloxe Corton, and a few casks of Corton Charlemagne. The white Burgundies are now vinified, not by Patrick, but by a young fellow who is as laconic as Patrick himself. Long answers are not part of this Domaine’s personality and one feels that all the energy goes into viticulture and vinification. There are twenty-two hectares to care for.