- Reply by amour, May 14, 2010.
Wish I had the time!
In 1955, Madame Lalou Bize Leroy took over the negociant business of her father, Henri Leroy. Her family was in the business since 1940's, buying grapes from small growers.
From around 1974 she was marketing chief of Domaine de la Romanee- Conti (DRC) but lost out on that position due to disputes and by 1992 she was completely ousted.
There were also many squabbles amongst DRC shareholders.
At one time, Leroy had been in charge of distribution of DRC wines
throughout the world, but was stripped of that right.
She concentrated on developing her own holdings which included the very old Charles Noellat domaine in Vosne-Romanee.
She became quite powerful in the 1990's and until today Madame Leroy and her Domaine Leroy are associated with associated with quality and perfection.
- Reply by dmcker, May 18, 2010.
Good snapshot, Amour. When I started drinking across the range of DRC bottlings, back in the early '80s (when prices were a *lot* better), they were all shipped by LeRoy. Obviously no longer the case.
Here's some more reading in English:
And in Chinese:
Also of interest is how things have shaken out with one of their offerings, the Le Montrachet white. DRC still puts one out, but Leroy does no longer:
Which is quite different from how things have shaken out in Vosne-Romanée, where Leroy has very solid offerings that can compete well with those of DRC: