Who made it?
Maison Leroy was founded in 1868. Within little over a generation, it became one of Burgundy’s top wine merchants, winning several gold medals by the turn of the century. In the 1940s, Henri Leroy took this family business a step further by expanding its holdings and co-owning Burgundy’s most famous estate, DRC, with the Villaine family.
During this era, Lalou Bize-Leroy and Aubert de Villaine came to have differing opinions on how their wines should be distributed. In 1992 Lalou Bize-Leroy was voted off the board of directors at DRC and replaced by her niece. Finally free to pursue her own viticultural mission, Lalou’s raison d’etre became to outdo DRC.
Now heralded as the ‘queen of Burgundy’, Lalou acquired some of the best sites in the region with the financial backing of Japanese retail giant Takashiyama. She now has a total of 22 hectares, peppered in small parcels over Burgundy.
A firm believer of biodynamic and organic viticulture, Lalou creates miniscule quantities of powerfully concentrated wines, which have been captivating critics and collectors around the world.
As of 2021, seven of the top 20 most expensive wines in the world are made by Domaine Leroy.