One of the great Domaines in Burgundy, if not the greatest. Centred above immaculate cellars in Vosne-Romanée, the vineyards are run on strict bio-dynamic lines with yields regularly being 18 to 20 hl/ha – about one third of the average Burgundian production. Lalou Bize Leroy and her team are some of the most proactive and astute in the Côte d’Or – never taking anything for granted. The Leroy ‘Collection’ is the result of some thousands of samples of grape must and wine tasted by Lalou and her team. Cellared and bottled in Auxey-Duresses until ready to drink, they offer some of Burgundy’s finest mature drinking.
A generic appellation in Burgundy for wines made from the white Aligoté grape variety, covering barely 2% of the 28,000 ha planted throughout Burgundy. The wines are usually very crisp and racy in style, showing less flesh and ripeness than Charodnnay and are most often aged in steel tanks or less often used wooden barrels, so oak is of minimal influence. There are some very basic, sometimes rather tart, examples that are blended in French brasseries with cassis or kir to be seved as an aperitif, however there are some extremely good examples, the best of which seem to come from Pernand-Vergelesses in the Côte de Beaune, and Bouzeron, which has its own appellation for Aligoté.