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Beaune Premier Cru Sizies

Beaune Sizies

Premier Cru


  • Cellaring

    Optimal consumption: 8 to 15 years

    Ageing potential: 20 years

  • Tasting temperature

    16°C (61-62°F)

Grape variety

Pinot Noir


Producing commune: Beaune.

Site: Beaune Premier Cru « Sizies » is located northwest of Beaune, in the heart of the Premiers Crus area.

History & tradition: the name « Sizies » might come from the name of the landowner in the 13th century, Renaud de Sesie, who also owned important tanneries in Beaune and served as Mayor of Beaune around 1218.

Soil: clay and limestone.



by Véronique Boss-Drouhin

The wine displays a deep-bright ruby red colour. The nose, complex and refined, reveals scents of small Burgundy fruits such as redcurrant and blackcurrant, mingling with delicate hints of undergrowth. On the palate, the wine is ample and delivers aromas of cherry blended with some spicy notes.Beautiful harmony and excellent aromatic length.


In 2018, the reds are vivid, structured and aromatically expressive. They show a great balance between alcohol and acidity, a sign of a great vintage. 

Vintage review


Throughout its 100-hectare (247 acres) estate, Maison Joseph Drouhin has adopted organic viticulture practices since the late 1980s and biodynamic viticulture since the 1990s. Our credo is to provide « natural answers to natural problems ». All our practices show the greatest respect for the soil, the vine and the environment. Our deliberately low production yields allow our grapes to reveal the precise expression of each terroir.


Harvest: grapes harvested by hands in open-work crates. If necessary, a careful sorting is proceeded.

Vinification: total destemming. In accordance with the terroir and the profile of the vintage, we do 2 to 3 weeks of fermentation and maceration in small open vats, marked by punching of the cap and pumping-over. The yeasts are indigenous (natural). Pressing in a vertical press. Separation of the ends of the presses based on tasting.

Ageing:  in oak barrels including 20 to 25% of new barrels.
The ageing lasts between 14 to 16 months.
Origin of the wood: oak grown in French high forest.

Throughout the ageing process, decisions are taken only after careful tasting evaluation. The data obtained is completed through technical analysis. As with every other Joseph Drouhin wine, absolute priority is given to the true expression of terroir and character of the vintage.