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Volnay 1er Cru Santenots 2003 - Domaine Leroy

AOC, Burgundy, 1er Cru Volnay

€790.00
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W_579
 

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  •  Presentation of the winery

Domaine Leroy was founded in 1868 by François Leroy, winemaker. Successive generations increased the activity of the estate, and Henri Leroy, integrating the estate in 1919, developed it considerably, and acquired in 1942 half of the Domaine de la Romanée-Conti, flagship of Burgundy. Leroy family still owns 50% of Domaine de la romanée-Conti.

Lalou Bize-Leroy, his daughter, integrated the family estate and in 1971 became CEO of Domaine Leroy. She bought estates and vineyards, extending the domain to almost 22 hectares of various vines. Since 1988, the vineyards are managed in biodynamics and the estate covers many appellations, from the simple aligoté to the grand cru Chambertin. One finds in these bottles the style which made the renown of the great burgundies. Few people have the chance to taste the production of this Côte d'Or property, as it is confidential.

The estate produces the following wines:

9 Grands Crus :
Corton-Charlemagne, Corton-Renardes, Richebourg, Romanée-Saint-Vivant, Clos de Vougeot, Musigny, Clos de la Roche, Latricières-Chambertin, Chambertin.
8 Premiers Crus :
Volnay 1er Cru Santenots du Milieu, Savigny Les Beaune 1er Cru Les Narbantons, Nuits-Saint-Georges 1er Cru Aux Vignerondes, Nuits-Saint-Georges 1er Cru Aux Boudots, Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru Aux Brûlées, Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru Les Beaux Monts, Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru Les Charmes, Gevrey Chambertin 1er Cru Les Combottes.
9 Villages : 
Auxey-Duresses « Les Lavières », Pommard « Les Trois Follots », Pommard « Les Vignots », Nuits-Saint-Georges « Aux Allots », Nuits-Saint-Georges « Aux Lavières », Nuits-Saint-Georges « Bas de Combe », Vosne-Romanée « Genaivrières », Chambolle Musigny « Les Fremières », Gevrey Chambertin.
Generic Wines : 
Bourgogne Aligoté, Bourgogne Blanc, Bourgogne Rouge, Côteaux Bourguignons Blanc, Côteaux Bourguignons Rouge.

Product Details
W_579

Data sheet

Vintage
2003
Format
Bottle 75cl
Color
Red Wine
Grape Variety
Pinot Noir
Appellation
Volnay
Region
Bourgogne, Côte de Beaune
Producer
Domaine Leroy
Serving T°
14°-16°C
Burghound Rating
92
Classification
1er Cru
Climat
Santenots
Producer: Domaine Leroy
Domaine Leroy

The female pope of biodynamics

 

CEO of the Maison Leroy (located in the Côte de Nuits) since 1971, Lalou Bize-Leroy is an incredible woman: full of energy, extremely demanding, and whose love for the vineyard is equal to her talent as a winemaker. For many people, she is also known as the female Pope of Burgundy biodynamic wine.

Born in 1932, this great lady started her career in 1955, when she was entrusted with the family business by her father, Henri Leroy (1894-1980), who was also the co-owner of the Domaine de la Romanée-Conti. Lalou was 23 years old when she discovered the wine business and, thanks to her patience and perseverance, she managed to make a name for herself, in a world which was mainly dominated by men at the time.

Over the years, she adopted a philosophy that would guide her steps during her entire life: nature has to be preserved, no matter what. This explains why she opted for biodynamics, the ancestor of our modern organic farming. She worked tirelessly, creating her own natural fertilizers, choosing not to use the herbicides or pesticides many other wine makers were so fond of, dedicating all her time and love to her vineyards...

Lalou's other belief is limited output. According to her, wine is sending us a "loud and clear message of life", which encourages her to never make more than 15 hectoliters per hectare of vineyard, and to pick all grapes by hand only. In total, 8000 bottles are produced per year (only a fraction of them are actually being sold), resulting in wines that are truly the stuff of legend, but whose prices can quite often skyrocket.

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