Lalou Bize-Leroy Domaine d'Auvenay Les Folatieres Puligny-Montrachet

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This was perhaps the stand-out wine of a wonderful weekend of wine. I tasted it with Raj Parr and some friends just before the salmon bake at the IPNC. We were left speechless. It’s an almost perfect wine, even though it comes from a vintage that isn’t one of the strongest (although it was better for whites than reds), and it’s a premier, not a grand cru. Whisper it quietly, but Leroy may be even better than the legendary DRC, although I don’t have enough data points to really make this conclusion.

Lalou Bize-Leroy Domaine d’Auvenay Les Folatieres Puligny-Montrachet Premier Cru 2004 Burgundy, France
Incredible, dense and mineral with perfectly integrated matchstick reduction. Taut, refiend, yet possessing richness. Mealy with notes of toast and spice, as well as generous fruit. Such lovely complexity, richness, balance and finesse to this wine. 97/100

4 comments to Lalou Bize-Leroy Domaine d’Auvenay Les Folatieres Puligny-Montrachet

  • Mark Scott

    Wine Searcher shows it available from Fine & Rare for a cool £478 a bottle. I should bl**dy well hope it’s good at that price!

  • Ron Burgundy

    £478 is a weekend away, or a couple of cases of lesser wine. But for the memory of a truly great wine shared with friends..? It could be argued it’s good value. There’s only so much one can write about; why bother with the mundane?
    It’s worth noting that if this came from someone’s cellar it’s quite likely they paid significantly less than the current market rate from a broker. I’d wager that this was around £50 on release and that someone’s patience has been amply rewarded.

  • I love that phrase “I don’t have enough data points to really make this conclusion.”, I wonder who does? Some kind of ultra-top Burgundy would be number one on my wish list, so I am glad that, even if expensive, these wines are in a sense “worth it”.

  • keith prothero

    Leroy rocks but then unfortunately everyone knows that !!

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