FROM THE RE­GION

The Weekend Australian - Travel - - Indulgence -

2005 Si­mon Bize Bour­gogne Les Per­ri­eres IT is im­pos­si­ble to know where to start and where to stop with 2005 bur­gundy. Buy as much as you can of the wines you ad­mired in pre­vi­ous vin­tages, then try as many new ones as you can. I have known Pa­trick Bize (of Si­mon Bize) for al­most 30 years and se­lected his 1982s in the dis­tant days when I was buy­ing for David Jones. He was one of the first Bur­gun­di­ans to buy his own oak and have it coop­ered un­der strict con­trol. The vin­tage was medi­ocre but I am­still drink­ing those ’ 82s with en­joy­ment. If you want a great bour­gogne rouge, the low­est clas­si­fi­ca­tion, his Les Per­ri­eres ($48, 92 points) will make a great house wine for the next five to 10 years. If you want to dou­ble the price and more than dou­ble the qual­ity, try the Sav­i­gny-Les-Beaune Mar­con­nets pre­mier cru, in­tensely aro­matic, with black cher­ries, an ar­ray of spices and a di­vinely sweet mid-palate. Avail­able from Ran­dall’s, (03) 9686 4122; www.ran­dalls.net.au. James Halliday

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