Famous wine company headquartered in the municipality Meursault in the Burgundian area Cote d'Or, The Négociant house Maison Leroy was founded in 1868 by François Leroy (? -1870) in the municipality of Auxey-ut Duresses. He also had business relationships with the brandy producer Hugo Asbach (1868-1935). His grandson Henri Leroy (1894-?) Expanded the property with his own winery. In the 1930s he became a customer of the Domaine de la Romanée-Conti and later friend of the co-owner Edmond Gaudin de Villaine. When the winery ran into financial difficulties in the early 1940s, Henri Leroy bought Jacques Chambon's share in 1942 and became the second managing director in 1950. In addition, he kept his trading company Leroy SA , which took over the exclusive distribution of DRC wines. Daughter Lalou Bize-Leroy took over the DCRC management together with Aubert de Villaine (* 1939).
In 1988 Lalou bought the run-down winery of Charles Noëllat and the Domaine Philippe Remy for 65 million francs. A third of the shares in the trading company Leroy SA were sold for financing. Her involvement in two wineries was blamed as a conflict of interests. This and other long-standing disputes broke the business relationship in 1992. Lalou Bize-Leroy left the DRC and dedicated himself to the new winery Domaine Leroy . The vineyards now cover 22.5 hectares of vineyards in the famous Burgundian communities Aloxe-Corton. Chambolle-Musigny. Gevrey-Chambertin. Morey-Saint-Denis. Pommard. Savigny-lès-Beaune. Vosne-Romanée and Vougeot, These are the Grands Crus Chambertin, Clos de la Roche, Corton-Charlemagne (white), Clos de Vougeot, Corton-Renardes, Latricières-Chambertin, Musigny. Richebourg and Romanée-Saint-Vivant, as well as many premier crus.
Madame Bize-Leroy has been an uncompromising representative of the company since the early 1990s Biodynamic viticulture, She was inspired by a visit to the famous winegrower Nicolas Joly at his winery Château de la Roche-aux-Moines (Loire), who farms biodynamically without compromise. As a result, she suddenly changed her business within a very short time. Among other things, this means avoiding chemical agents for the fertilization and pest control as well as the consistent observance of moon phases with all work in the vineyard. The yields are kept extremely low by rigorous pruning with a maximum of 20 hl / ha. In many plots the vines are between 50 and 80 years old.
This results in wines of excellent quality, often in the smallest quantities of just two to three barrels. Most of them mature in new oak barrels for 18 months, but due to the naturally very high concentration, this does not lead to an overemphasis on the oak wort. There is usually no pre-bottling beautiful and no filtration, This vintages are among the due to the complex vinification most expensive wines in the world, The wines of the family estate Domaine d'Auvenay with vineyards in the Grands Crus Bonnes Mares, Chevalier-Montrachet and Mazis-Chambertin are specially vinified under this label.