No name enlivens and ignites a discussion of Burgundy as quickly as Madame Lalou Bize-Leroy. She is unrelenting in every way, from her personality to how she runs her business to the quality of the wine in the bottle. The Leroy family’s 50% ownership of Domaine Romanée-Conti gave Lalou ample ability to amass the deepest and most revered cellar in Burgundy during the past six decades. Speculation is rampant about its size and holdings; only one person knows for sure. Today, Lalou is the force behind three domaines: Maison Leroy, Domaine Leroy and Domaine d’Auvenay.Domaine d’Auvenay is an old hunting lodge and the home Lalou shared with her late husband, Marcel. Lalou lives on a plateau overlooking the working farm, where barley and corn are grown. Under the d’Auvenay label, Lalou produces biodynamic, estate-grown village, 1er and Grand Cru wines. These small-batch wines display supreme elegance and precision, with a richness that is both complex and easy to digest. This is her labor of love, where she exhibits the entirety of her winegrowing and winemaking abilities, producing truly perfect wines.