To say that Marcelle Bize-Leroy, known for most of her life as Lalou, lives and breathes Burgundian terroir is an understatement. She has been called Burgundy’s most celebrated vigneronne and her career spans an astounding 60 vintages. Lalou took over the family négociant business, Maison Leroy, in 1955 when her revered father turned his focus to running Domaine de la Romanée-Conti. That same year she produced her debut vintage — she was only 23.
Madame Bize-Leroy tastes the Maison Leroy range about once a year. Collectors in North America and Japan eagerly await her decision on what to release. For the new wines, she takes advantage of the formidable position she has earned within Burgundy’s hierarchy. ‘I have no contracts with growers, and start from scratch each year. If I like a wine, I buy it. If not, I don’t.’
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