Fair warning! We’re talking TWO cases available here. So we’ll start with the meat and y’all that know can go grab this, and then come back for the sides. 2009 Maison Leroy Volnay, people!!!
Madame Lalou Bize-Leroy is Burgundian royalty who needs no introduction. Maison Leroy is the epitome of Burgundy’s negociant game, and also happens to craft spectacular wines from their own estate (under Domaine Leroy). Oh yeah, Madame Bize-Leroy is the matriarch of the family that just happens to own 50% of D.R.C. too! She sets the standard on aging and finishing off all wines for Leroy and since she took over for her father, Henri, in 1971, she has earned the moniker “The Queen of Burgundy.”
Her legendary palate and unyielding standards have made her and the wines she fashions the benchmark across nearly every village, commune, and cru in Burgundy. Pinot noir winemakers and wineries the world over taste their own products side-by-side with Leroy as a proverbial measuring stick...and only the very best come close. To have any of this wine, especially a cellared and ready beauty like these 2009s...we are simply dumbstruck! 2009 was a luxurious and ample vintage for Volnay, with ripe red fruits tamed by an approachability and softness perfect for mid-term cellaring... Just. Like. This! Not much else to say...those that know will leap at this – a must-have for any Burgundy collector! Remember, TWO CASES! Go get ‘em.
About the Producer
Maison Leroy was founded in 1868 by Francois Leroy, who was also the winemaker and owner of vines at Auxey-Duresses. He also owned vines in Meursault, Pommard, Chambertin, Musigny, Clos Vougeot and Richebourg. Not only did the family make wine but also dabbled in the liquors and distilled alcohol business. They made eau-de-vie near Cognac and established a distillery at Segonzac in Champagne. Henri, the grandson of Francois, was the one that purchased some parcels of Domaine Romanee-Conti making him the half owner of the domaine. Henri put his heart and soul at DRC, with his daughter Lalou becoming the President Directeur General at Domaine Leroy while also helping her father at DRC. Lalou is a force to be reckoned with. Lalou is the conductor behind Maison Leroy, Domaine Leroy and Domaine d'Auvenay. Lalou has since expanded the vineyards at Domaine Leroy 54 acres (some speculate on the actual size), mostly Premier Cru and Grand Cru. She has also since switched to Biodynamic farming and has been a big proponent of this holistic approach. Her profound belief is that "everything is alive: the soil, the grounds, plants,.." "as alive as animals and humans..." The result is incredibly low yields of extremely concentrated yet refined wines with a rare purity of fruit which are some of the most highly prized wines in Burgundy today.