Domaine Leroy

Bourgogne Pinot Noir

9.1403 ratings
9.1111 pro ratings
Burgundy, France
Pinot Noir
Top Notes For
Charlie Evans

We didn’t have bring enough white wine on the day. This was an excellent choice for more. That Lee Roy wine was damn delish

We didn’t have bring enough white wine on the day. This was an excellent choice for more. That Lee Roy wine was damn delish

Jan 18th, 2018
Matt Duncan

Lovely—top value in Burgundy. Dark, but bursting out of the glass.

Lovely—top value in Burgundy. Dark, but bursting out of the glass.

Dec 22nd, 2017
Yianni Stoner

Juicy

Juicy

Oct 30th, 2017
Mike Dombrow

Buyer Sunfish Cellars

8.3

Showed the kids in class a 'beyond the norm' Bourgogne Rouge. They liked it.

Showed the kids in class a 'beyond the norm' Bourgogne Rouge. They liked it.

3 people found it helpfulAug 1st, 2014
David T

Independent Sommelier/Wine Educator

9.2

On the nose, nicely concentrated wild dark berries, black plum, notes of blue fruits, vanilla, understated cinnamon, soft, warm spices, Christmas cake and fresh dark, fragrant florals. The mouthfeel is rich & concentrated. The fruits dark are clearly fresh & ripe. Wild dark berries, black plum, plum, dark cherries, poached strawberries, black raspberries, Thompson raisins, light vanilla, soft warm spices, limestone minerals, grainy/silky chalkiness, dark moist soils, crushed rocks, violets, fresh dark florals, touch of mint, beautiful round acidity and amazing long rich beautiful finish that is well balanced fruit & earth. This is a vintage (even though Bourgogne) will cellar around 20 years. My rating could jump 2-3 points with proper storage years in the cellar. It's tasting more like 1st Cru than village wine. Photo tour of the estate, open top fermenters (I believe they ferment all their lots separately) and Lalou Bize-Leroy singing and talking to her precious vines. Producer history and notes...Domaine Leroy is arguably producing the greatest red Burgundy wines in the Cote d`Or at present. Lalou Bize-Leroy started out as a négociant, working for her family's Maison Leroy, which was founded by her father Henri. There are three parts to the Leroy empire; the Maison Leroy based in Auxey-Duresses, Domaine d’Auvenay and substantial holdings in Vosne-Romanée. Lalou Bize-Leroy also owns 25% of Domaine de la Romanée-Conti, where she was co-director until the other shareholders ousted her in 1992, partly because she had started a competing winery. Domaine Leroy has been farmed biodynamically from the start and is now certified by ECOCERT. The other exciting, if not controversial, move was the change in training system for the vines. For some time previously the hedging (rognage) of the vineyards had been done by hand rather than more abrasively by machine. However, it is not natural for the vine to be cut back as it affects the vine’s performance both in the current season and the following year. So now, after the flowering, when the shoots are lengthening, they are curled over instead of being cut back. This minimises entrecoeurs and second crop bunches forming, as well as leaving the vine happier and healthier. She also talks and sings to her vines daily. She believes this promotes health of the vines and who could argue with her given what she puts in the bottle. Lalou Bize-Leroy has 23 hectares of vines, mostly Premier and Grand Cru classified. In the vineyard, Lalou practices biodynamism as well as severe pruning and crop-thinning. The result is ridiculously low yields. Yield arguments at DRC were also an issue in her departure. You want to buy this wine. $39.99 at K&L Wine Merchants on pre-arrival. Just bought four bottles.

On the nose, nicely concentrated wild dark berries, black plum, notes of blue fruits, vanilla, understated cinnamon, soft, warm spices, Christmas cake and fresh dark, fragrant florals. The mouthfeel is rich & concentrated. The fruits dark are clearly fresh & ripe. Wild dark berries, black plum, plum, dark cherries, poached strawberries, black raspberries, Thompson raisins, light vanilla, soft warm spices, limestone minerals, grainy/silky chalkiness, dark moist soils, crushed rocks, violets, fresh dark florals, touch of mint, beautiful round acidity and amazing long rich beautiful finish that is well balanced fruit & earth. This is a vintage (even though Bourgogne) will cellar around 20 years. My rating could jump 2-3 points with proper storage years in the cellar. It's tasting more like 1st Cru than village wine. Photo tour of the estate, open top fermenters (I believe they ferment all their lots separately) and Lalou Bize-Leroy singing and talking to her precious vines. Producer history and notes...Domaine Leroy is arguably producing the greatest red Burgundy wines in the Cote d`Or at present. Lalou Bize-Leroy started out as a négociant, working for her family's Maison Leroy, which was founded by her father Henri. There are three parts to the Leroy empire; the Maison Leroy based in Auxey-Duresses, Domaine d’Auvenay and substantial holdings in Vosne-Romanée. Lalou Bize-Leroy also owns 25% of Domaine de la Romanée-Conti, where she was co-director until the other shareholders ousted her in 1992, partly because she had started a competing winery. Domaine Leroy has been farmed biodynamically from the start and is now certified by ECOCERT. The other exciting, if not controversial, move was the change in training system for the vines. For some time previously the hedging (rognage) of the vineyards had been done by hand rather than more abrasively by machine. However, it is not natural for the vine to be cut back as it affects the vine’s performance both in the current season and the following year. So now, after the flowering, when the shoots are lengthening, they are curled over instead of being cut back. This minimises entrecoeurs and second crop bunches forming, as well as leaving the vine happier and healthier. She also talks and sings to her vines daily. She believes this promotes health of the vines and who could argue with her given what she puts in the bottle. Lalou Bize-Leroy has 23 hectares of vines, mostly Premier and Grand Cru classified. In the vineyard, Lalou practices biodynamism as well as severe pruning and crop-thinning. The result is ridiculously low yields. Yield arguments at DRC were also an issue in her departure. You want to buy this wine. $39.99 at K&L Wine Merchants on pre-arrival. Just bought four bottles.

2 people found it helpfulJul 15th, 2017
David T

Independent Sommelier/Wine Educator

9.2

It's CA Pinot and Burgundy night! Sour/tart/dark cooked fruits. Dark cherries, ripe but tart raspberries, underripe blackberries/seeds, irony minerals, chalk, light black earth followed by wet pebbles with ripe black plum, dry fig and a blueberry pancake finish. An elegant bottling hand stamped from Queen of Burgundy. She even makes magic within their village level terroir. Trust the Winemaker!!!

It's CA Pinot and Burgundy night! Sour/tart/dark cooked fruits. Dark cherries, ripe but tart raspberries, underripe blackberries/seeds, irony minerals, chalk, light black earth followed by wet pebbles with ripe black plum, dry fig and a blueberry pancake finish. An elegant bottling hand stamped from Queen of Burgundy. She even makes magic within their village level terroir. Trust the Winemaker!!!

2 people found it helpfulOct 24th, 2015
Danny Zlobinsky

Head and shoulders above most Bourgogne Rouge

Head and shoulders above most Bourgogne Rouge

2 people found it helpfulMar 19th, 2015
David T

Independent Sommelier/Wine Educator

9.2

Nose of; sweet & sour dark cherries, some fruit liqueur and alcohol notes, macerated; blackberries, blackberries, blueberries, black plum, plum & strawberries. Cinnamon, vanilla, sweet, rich, moist, dark earth, very light spice, some black licorice, crushed dry powdery limestone, fresh & dry dark red florals, red roses and violets. The palate is full medium and gorgeously round. The tannins still have some teeth. It’s a good time to have our last 2000 of this wine. Ripe, sweet & sour; black cherries, blackberries, strawberries, black plum, plum, blue fruit notes, touch of prune, & black raspberries. Light cinnamon & vanilla, sweet, rich, moist, dark earth, very light spice, some black licorice, fruit liqueur notes, black tea, crushed dry limestone, soft volcanic minerals with an edge as they set, some bramble, fresh & dry dark red florals, red roses and violets. The acidity is like Niagara. The structure, tension, balance and length is rock solid. The finish is; long, elegant and beautiful. The thing I like about the Domaine Leroy Village wines is that they basically make it very similarly to their wines that cost in excess of $800-$1500 upon release. However, their Village wine is around $50 if you buy it right. The difference in their village wines are the vineyard sites, but once the fruit gets to the Domaine, the grapes are handled in a very similar fashion. All sites separately fermented. Great wine and even better value. Lalou Bize-Leroy (mid right photo) still owns 25% of DRC. Lalou was once also the managing Director of DRC as well. She stepped aside over differences of opinion regarding yields and being completely biodynamic. Lalou prefers very low yields. Domaine Leroy is completely biodynamic. Lalou Bize-Leroy also has her own vine training method and all pruning is done strictly by hand. Additionally, she believes in the benefits of singing to her vines (her babies) daily. Lalou Bize-Leroy is and will forever be a legend in Burgundy as she has been deemed “The Queen of Burgundy!”

Nose of; sweet & sour dark cherries, some fruit liqueur and alcohol notes, macerated; blackberries, blackberries, blueberries, black plum, plum & strawberries. Cinnamon, vanilla, sweet, rich, moist, dark earth, very light spice, some black licorice, crushed dry powdery limestone, fresh & dry dark red florals, red roses and violets. The palate is full medium and gorgeously round. The tannins still have some teeth. It’s a good time to have our last 2000 of this wine. Ripe, sweet & sour; black cherries, blackberries, strawberries, black plum, plum, blue fruit notes, touch of prune, & black raspberries. Light cinnamon & vanilla, sweet, rich, moist, dark earth, very light spice, some black licorice, fruit liqueur notes, black tea, crushed dry limestone, soft volcanic minerals with an edge as they set, some bramble, fresh & dry dark red florals, red roses and violets. The acidity is like Niagara. The structure, tension, balance and length is rock solid. The finish is; long, elegant and beautiful. The thing I like about the Domaine Leroy Village wines is that they basically make it very similarly to their wines that cost in excess of $800-$1500 upon release. However, their Village wine is around $50 if you buy it right. The difference in their village wines are the vineyard sites, but once the fruit gets to the Domaine, the grapes are handled in a very similar fashion. All sites separately fermented. Great wine and even better value. Lalou Bize-Leroy (mid right photo) still owns 25% of DRC. Lalou was once also the managing Director of DRC as well. She stepped aside over differences of opinion regarding yields and being completely biodynamic. Lalou prefers very low yields. Domaine Leroy is completely biodynamic. Lalou Bize-Leroy also has her own vine training method and all pruning is done strictly by hand. Additionally, she believes in the benefits of singing to her vines (her babies) daily. Lalou Bize-Leroy is and will forever be a legend in Burgundy as she has been deemed “The Queen of Burgundy!”

1 person found it helpfulDec 31st, 2017
David T

Independent Sommelier/Wine Educator

9.2

Now this was much better with the turkey. The 09 just coming into its own. Very good Burgundy vintage and it shows. Nice, ripe, bright; dark cherries, strawberries, touch of smokiness and forest floor, vanilla and bright red & violet florals the nose. The body is medium. Tannins starting to get nicely resolved. Bright floral fruits of; blackberries, dark cherries, black raspberries, strawberries, pomegranate, dry cranberries, hues of blue fruits & plum. Black cherry cola/licorice, limestone chalkiness, dark rich earth, vanilla, medium dark spice, some crushed rocks & dry stone, fresh red florals, violets, really beautiful round acidity and a long well polished & balanced finish. Still plenty of good drinking ahead. The 2015 is amazing for around $50. Just got a mailer from Morrell’s in NYC for $51. Well worth picking up!

Now this was much better with the turkey. The 09 just coming into its own. Very good Burgundy vintage and it shows. Nice, ripe, bright; dark cherries, strawberries, touch of smokiness and forest floor, vanilla and bright red & violet florals the nose. The body is medium. Tannins starting to get nicely resolved. Bright floral fruits of; blackberries, dark cherries, black raspberries, strawberries, pomegranate, dry cranberries, hues of blue fruits & plum. Black cherry cola/licorice, limestone chalkiness, dark rich earth, vanilla, medium dark spice, some crushed rocks & dry stone, fresh red florals, violets, really beautiful round acidity and a long well polished & balanced finish. Still plenty of good drinking ahead. The 2015 is amazing for around $50. Just got a mailer from Morrell’s in NYC for $51. Well worth picking up!

1 person found it helpfulNov 24th, 2017
Madison Murphy

Co-owner Presqu'ile Winery

8.9

Solid

Solid

1 person found it helpfulJul 11th, 2015