Madame Lalou Bize-Leroy: Maison and Domaine Leroy | Domaine d’Auvenay
Madame Lalou Bize-Leroy established herself as a businesswoman in the Burgundy wine business in 1955, when she took over her father Henri Leroy's (1894–1980) négociant business. From 1974, she was co-managing the Burgundy winery Domaine de la Romanée-Conti (DRC), one of the world's top wine estates, and was in charge of marketing. Along with Aubert de Villaine, Bize-Leroy helped build DRC's top wine Romanée-Conti into one of the most sought after wines in the world. With Madame Lalou Bize-Leroy at the helm, Leroy has produced some of the finest Burgundy-estate-grown wines from ancient vines at the domaine, and delightfully terroir-expressive négociant bottlings at the maison. No name enlivens and ignites a discussion of Burgundy as quickly as Madame Lalou Bize-Leroy. She is unrelenting in every way, from her personality to how she runs her business to the quality of the wine in the bottle. Today, Lalou is the force behind three domaines: Maison Leroy, Domaine Leroy and Domaine d'Auvenay.