Top 50 most powerful women in wine: 10-119th December, 2012 by Lucy Shaw
5. LALOU BIZE-LEROY
The grande dame of Burgundy, Bize-Leroy has been at the helm of Domaine Leroy for 24 years, having bought Domaine Charles Nöellat in Vosne Romanée and renamed it Domaine Leroy in 1988. Formerly the co- manager of Domaine de la Romanée-Conti, along with current owner Aubert de Villaine, she helped build the jewel in the crown, DRC, into one of the most sought after and expensive wines in the world due to its consistently spectacular performance at auction.
Ousted from the estate in 1992 after a series of disagreements with de Villaine, Leroy turned her attention to the biodynamically farmed Domaine Leroy, which has become one of the leading estates in Burgundy – Leroy Richbourg 2005 sells for over £2,000 a bottle. Tenacious, uncompromising, and unafraid of getting her hands dirty, Leroy refers to herself as a “cellar rat”. The estate is made up of 22 hectares across 26 appellations, along with the four-hectare Domaine d’Auvenay.