2018 Simon Bize Savigny-lès-Beaune Shiro Blanc- France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Savigny-lès-Beaune (6/11/2021)
What a hauntingly beautiful wine from Chisa. Open and inviting from the beginning. Broad texture without sacrificing acidity. Chiseled with precision. Bosc pears, green apples and citrus pith. Honey blossoms, and accasia. Long, deeply mineral finish. The colour certainly doesn’t suggest any oxidation at this moment, but I do get some honeyed almond/marzipan notes on the nose and palate, especially as the wine warmed. Currently, it lends the wine some lovely additional complexity, though it does give me some concern about the long term integrity of the wine. I’m excited to see how my remaining bottles evolve, hopefully for the positive. Finger crossed.
Closure: natural cork
Stem: Gabriel Glas StandArt
Assemblage: From two parcels in Savigny, “Planchots” and “Goudelettes.” Two barrels produced, both in old wood. Minimal sulfur added at bottling.
This alongside a couple of other bottling represent part of Chisa’s contribution to the domaine, alongside helping move it to organic and biodynamic practices and minimal intervention wines. Until a short while ago, Chisa made a small amount of these natural sans soufe wines exclusively for the Japanese market.
Shiro is to my understanding meant to be a tough translatation of ‘white’ in Japanese, officially it’s ‘shiroi’. In 2018 she also did another white from PN and called it Shirokuro, literally white-black but meant to roughly translates to Blanc de Noir. I’m not entirely sure about the reason behind the exclusion of the letter ‘i’ from shiroi in both of those bottlings.