No matter what guise they come in, the wines of Lalou Bize-Leroy are as unique, captivating and hard to pin down as the Guardian of Great Wine herself. From Maison Leroy comes an invitation to hear the Côte d’Or as interpreted by perhaps its most sensitive composer. “Every vintage is, for her, a new challenge to overcome: to produce, from the lowest possible yields, wines that are the absolute voice of their terroir,” as La Revue du vin de France puts it.
Lalou started out as a négociant working for Maison Leroy, which was founded in Auxey-Duresses in 1868 by her great grandfather, François. Since then, her fame has spread right across the world of fine wine as part-owner and former co-director of Domaine de la Romanée-Conti, as well as being the formidable driving force behind Domaine Leroy and Domaine d'Auvenay.
These Maison Leroy wines, meanwhile, exude tradition from every drop. Négociants are both the backbone of Burgundy and the glue that holds this fragmented vineyard together. All of a sudden it seems the notion of the ‘négoce’ – the art of finishing off, blending, enhancing and bottling carefully selected parcels of wine – has come right back into vogue. And right on cue, here's Lalou and the wines of Maison Leroy hitting an all-time high note.