Burgundy, Winemaker Profiles

Lalou Bize-Leroy, Burgundy

astrological principles guide the world’s most illustrious winemaker, Lalou Bize-Leroy

“Wine is from a cosmic inspiration, it has the taste of the world matter.” – Lalou Bize-Leroy

Lalou Bize-Leroy is the person behind some of the most expensive, sought-after, imitated and adored wines in the world.

Her Burgundies are breathtaking, ethereal and out-of-this world.

Yet she has to be one of the most idiosyncratic and eccentric winemakers on the planet. Lauded by her critics, shunned by her neighbours, loved by her buyers and collectors.

Controversially, Lalou manages her wine on horoscopes and phases of the moon – she is one of the first exponents of bio-dynamic management of wine based on a cosmic, Steiner philosophy.

Madame Bize Leroy doesn’t just think big, she thinks cosmically big. And let’s the rest of the world catch up.

You may not believe in it, you may not understand it, but she must be doing something right. You don’t get a page of superlative praise from the world’s biggest wine critics for no reason.

What you need to know

Name: Madame Lalou Bize Leroy

Winery: proprietor of Domaine d’Auvenay and Domaine Leroy, Vosne-Romanée, Burgundy, France

Interesting fact: Lalou was instrumental in developing the world’s most sought after domaine, Domaine de la Romanee-Conti. That is, until she was booted out by her sister after a disagreement about marketing. Again, a family dispute in Burgundy changes the face of wine in the region (perhaps this is why it is so difficult to keep track, and understand, Burgundy).

Link: Domaine Leroy