The negociant house Maison Leroy was founded in the small village of Auxey-Duresses in 1868 and its extensive warehouses there still house substantial stocks of fine, mature burgundy. Henri Leroy joined the family firm in 1919 and made his fortune exporting fortified wine from the Charentes to Germany between the two World Wars. This enabled him to buy a half share in the world-famous Domaine de la Romanee-Conti, a share inherited equally by his two daughters Pauline Roch-Leroy and Lalou Bize-Leroy on his death in 1980.
In 1988, helped by an 8 million investment from her Japanese importers Takashimaya, she succeeded in buying the Domaine Noellat of Vosne-Romanee, an already fine canvas on which to paint her vision of the perfect domaine, soon renamed Domaine Leroy.
Lalou Bize-Leroy started out as a négociant, working for her family's Maison Leroy, which was founded by her father, Henri, in Auxey-Duresses. Lalou Bize-Leroy also owns a quarter 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. In 1988, she and investors had bought the vineyards and winery of Domaine Noëllat in Vosne-Romanée and renamed it Domaine Leroy.
Lalou Bize-Leroy has 23 hectares of vines, mostly Premier and Grand Cru classified. In the vineyard Lalou practises biodynamism as well as severe pruning and crop-thinning. The result is ridiculously low yields. All wines are concentrated and are the most highly prized and priced wines in Burgundy today.