Domaine Leroy is the creation of one of the most determined, dynamic and passionate Burgundians, Madame Lalou Bize-Leroy. For many years co-director of the Domaine de la Romanée-Conti, she created her own Domaine from 1988, with purchases of Richebourg, Chambertin, Romanée-Saint-Vivant and a further 50 acres of Burgundy's greatest terroirs. She rapidly pioneered cultivating her vineyards organically and bio-dynamically. She championed low yields and a ruthless pursuit of the highest quality. American wine lovers were the first to recognise and embrace her wines, and the greatest of her bottlings have consistently come to the finest collections in the USA. The wines come from some of Burgundy's rarest, greatest localities. They have saturated, purple-garnet colours in youth, and are striking for the crystal clarity of their expression of Pinot Noir aromas. Red fruits mingle with spiciness, clean earth, forest floor, liquorice - in tumbling complexities, as the wines evolve with bottle-age. On the palate, there is structure without excess, dense fruit, purity of expression, subtle management of tannins and extraordinary length of flavour. From a standing start a mere 15 years ago, this Domaine was immediately able to command prices alongside the most legendary of Burgundy's bottlings. The consistency of Madame Bize-Leroy's wine-making throughout this recent, Golden Decade for Burgundy, has been exceptional. A.H.
Côte de Nuits, Domaine Leroy
Lot 214 levels: 2.0cm or better; cracked wax capsules missing at top; signs of seepage believed overfill; one wine-stained vintage tag; scuffed labels
Lot 215 levels: 1.5cm or better; cracked wax capsules missing at top; signs of seepage believed overfill
"...[O]paque with a deep dark ruby color. The nose is an interesting mix of spicy black fruit aromas of incredible richness and complexity...The flavors are big, rich, intense and very concentrated..." BH, Mar 1, 2008
1 dozen bottles per lot