Lemon, honeysuckle, and flint stone are some of the many notes that emerge from this tightly coiled, focused white Burgundy.
There are certain names in wine that are just synonymous with greatness. Château Latour in Bordeaux comes to mind. Screaming Eagle in Napa Valley, certainly. Angelo Gaja in the Piedmont. Vega Sicilia in Ribera del Duero. In Burgundy, it would have to be Domaine Leroy, though of course Domaine de la Romanée-Conti is up there, too. Lalou Bize-Leroy is the force behind Domaine Leroy, and happens to own a quarter of DRC, as well.
The Grand Dame of Burgundy is without question a perfectionist; no wonder that Lalou Bize-Leroy proudly wears the title of “Guardian of Great Wines.” Back in the 1980s, she championed the philosophy of biodynamics and low yields in the vineyards, and we remember well the scorn and ridicule she endured from her fellow Burgundians. Back then, Burgundy was a much more conservative wine region than it is today. Lalou Bize-Leroy shot across the bow of the winemakers of the region, calling them out for their overuse of fertilizers and pesticides and scolding them for their lazy winemaking and lackluster cellar work. Bize-Leroy led by example, too; her wines quickly rose to the highest echelon in quality — and price — in the Burgundian hierarchy.
Today, at 85 years of age, Lalou hasn’t missed a beat. Her once-unpopular ideas have now inspired a generation of winemakers not only in Burgundy, but also throughout the entire wine world. Countless are the men and women who have studied her conscientious work and tried to craft their own wines with a nod towards her.
Everything on Domaine Leroy’s 54 acres — mostly Premier and Grand Cru vineyards — is still done by hand. On Lalou Bize-Leroy’s watch, these vines have been manicured into the most visually beautiful vineyards in the region. She continues to practices biodynamic farming, as well as severe pruning and crop-thinning to maintain maximum equilibrium of the grapes, resulting in incredibly low yields of extremely concentrated yet refined wines with a rare purity of fruit. It’s not the least bit surprising that there isn’t a domaine in Burgundy (outside of Domaine de la Romanée-Conti, of which Lalou owns half) with more 99 and 100-point scores from Robert Parker. Parker says Leroy “stands virtually alone at the top of Burgundy’s quality hierarchy” — and the proof is in every bottle.
Her solitary perch on the mountaintop allows Lalou to price her wines as she wishes. Her Grand Cru releases START at $1,500 per bottle. And if you can even find her rarest wine, Le Musigny, it will set you back a cool $5,000 — at least. Her whites are no different, with even village wines fetching the upper hundreds. Auctions around the world continue to demonstrate that there’s no shortage of collectors willing to pay for the privilege of owning these wines.
The 2014 Domaine Leroy Bourgogne Blanc is a blend of estate grapes from Meursault, Puligny-Montrachet, and Savigny les Beaune. The low yields, biodynamic farming, and overall perfectionism are exactly the same as you’ll find in Lalou’s Grand Crus — at a fraction of the price you’d pay for a Leroy village wine from Meursault or Puligny Montrachet. Crystal clear straw-yellow. Lemon, honeysuckle, and flint stone are some of the many notes that emerge from this tightly coiled, focused white Burgundy. The 2014 stands out for its extraordinary length and remarkable balance. This is great, young white Burgundy that drinks well above the Bourgogne label. Enjoy now through 2026.
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A lovely, quite drinkable wine.
This wine was enjoyed my me and four friends along with a 2014 Louis Latour Corton-Charlemagne, Grand Cru. We all rated the Leroy as the better wine.
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