Domaine Leroy

Bourgogne Pinot Noir

9.134 ratings
9.012 pro ratings
Burgundy, France
Pinot Noir
Turkey, Game, Exotic Spices, Soft Cheese, Duck, Goose, Salads & Greens, Potato, Quinoa, Farro, Brown Rice, White Rice, Pasta, Herbs, Nuts & Seeds, Mushrooms, Chicken, Meaty & Oily Fish, Shellfish, Crab & Lobster, Stew, Onion, Shallot, Garlic, Salami & Prosciutto, Salmon, Quinoa, Shellfish
Top Notes For
Bob McDonald

Smells bretty. Can’t believe it! Two in a row. Cowyard and excrement - the savoury characters totally taking over any fruit character. It was remarkable how similar the two wines tasted as Brettanomyces became the common denominator, overriding the fact that one is a Sardinian Carignan versus a red village Burgundy. All very disappointing. Hope my Premier and GC Burgundies from 2015 show better. On a brighter note it is 10.00am on Christmas Day in Australia. Happy Christmas to the Delectable Community. About to open a Christmas Champagne so cheers to all.

Smells bretty. Can’t believe it! Two in a row. Cowyard and excrement - the savoury characters totally taking over any fruit character. It was remarkable how similar the two wines tasted as Brettanomyces became the common denominator, overriding the fact that one is a Sardinian Carignan versus a red village Burgundy. All very disappointing. Hope my Premier and GC Burgundies from 2015 show better. On a brighter note it is 10.00am on Christmas Day in Australia. Happy Christmas to the Delectable Community. About to open a Christmas Champagne so cheers to all.

Dec 24th, 2020
Severn Goodwin

Just concluded the annual Fall seclusion at our cabin in the Rangeley lakes region of Maine, mobile service up there is mostly non-existent, after several days I am posting again. Notes are somewhat brief, as my focus is relaxing and watching the Common Loons swimming and diving in the cove in front of our camp.

Nose has smoked roses, partially dried black cherry, dried cherry, dry autumn leaves and dried vanilla bean.
Palate has smoked cherries, smoked blackberry, fresh rose petals, dried Bing cherry, little to no tannins, mild acidity remains. Future bottles may be 2024+ in proper storage. Superb pairing to slowly (apple wood) smoked pork loin with a tight crust (thank you medium thick fat cap) and appreciable smoke penetration.

Just concluded the annual Fall seclusion at our cabin in the Rangeley lakes region of Maine, mobile service up there is mostly non-existent, after several days I am posting again. Notes are somewhat brief, as my focus is relaxing and watching the Common Loons swimming and diving in the cove in front of our camp.

Nose has smoked roses, partially dried black cherry, dried cherry, dry autumn leaves and dried vanilla bean.
Palate has smoked cherries, smoked blackberry, fresh rose petals, dried Bing cherry, little to no tannins, mild acidity remains. Future bottles may be 2024+ in proper storage. Superb pairing to slowly (apple wood) smoked pork loin with a tight crust (thank you medium thick fat cap) and appreciable smoke penetration.

Sep 27th, 2020
Paul Masson

Not intellectual, but hits all the right notes

Not intellectual, but hits all the right notes

Apr 3rd, 2019
Gregory Fulchiero

Muted nose and palate, bright ruby with a rim of magenta, dried red and purple flowers dominate at this point. Will see how this evolves. Perhaps this a more complex wine than first glance which needs time / air to show its potential

Muted nose and palate, bright ruby with a rim of magenta, dried red and purple flowers dominate at this point. Will see how this evolves. Perhaps this a more complex wine than first glance which needs time / air to show its potential

Jan 28th, 2018
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.

3 people found it helpfulJul 15th, 2017
Yianni Stoner

Juicy

Juicy

1 person found it helpfulOct 30th, 2017
Charles Antin

Senior Wine Specialist/Auctioneer Zachys

8.9

First time in 30 years Leroy is releasing current vintage Bourgogne.

First time in 30 years Leroy is releasing current vintage Bourgogne.

May 15th, 2017
Aravind A

About 3 years since my last btl. What can I say? I really dislike this wine. Maybe its the vineyard src variation, or just quantity produced, but this is just not good PN for my palate. Pop and pour, notes from 1 hr open. On the nose: wispy mulberry leaf, stewed cherry, a fair amount of wood influence, but like ripe russian river grenache with a bit of undderripe cab franc added for variety. On the palate: good acidity, but then woody bitterness and fruit but without distinction..like a mushy fruit stew. Soft tannin on the depressingly bland finish. For the pedigree, this should be much better.

About 3 years since my last btl. What can I say? I really dislike this wine. Maybe its the vineyard src variation, or just quantity produced, but this is just not good PN for my palate. Pop and pour, notes from 1 hr open. On the nose: wispy mulberry leaf, stewed cherry, a fair amount of wood influence, but like ripe russian river grenache with a bit of undderripe cab franc added for variety. On the palate: good acidity, but then woody bitterness and fruit but without distinction..like a mushy fruit stew. Soft tannin on the depressingly bland finish. For the pedigree, this should be much better.

Dec 3rd, 2020
Karen Zheng

Another good value buy for casual drink.

Another good value buy for casual drink.

Oct 13th, 2020
S.R.Alexander

Round two @Eric S. Earthy, spicy and light fruit/raspberry. Quite tasty.

Round two @Eric S. Earthy, spicy and light fruit/raspberry. Quite tasty.

Apr 24th, 2020