Domaine d’Auvenay is part of the Leroy empire (along with Domaine Leroy and Maison Leroy). the third entity in the Leroy empire, named after Lalou Bize-Leroy’s home, an old hunting lodge outside Saint-Romain in the hills above Auxey-Duresses, which she shared with her husband Marcel until he passed away in 2004.
This estate is incredibly important to Bize-Leroy, as it was her family's original domaine and therefore has the longest history of production associated with Leroy, predating both Domaine de la Romanée-Conti and Domaine Leroy. Domaine d'Auvenay is equally important to fine wine connoisseurs and collectors, with quality, demand and pricing on a par with the wines from Domaine Leroy.
Bize-Leroy and her sister inherited Domaine d’Auvenay from her father in 1980, eight years prior to her establishing Domaine Leroy. She bought her sister’s share in 1990.
In total the estate amounts to just under four hectares, but covers 16 different appellations. The tiny size of these plots along with the tiny yields makes the wines exceptionally rare and expensive. In 2019 (one of the lowest yields ever seen by Bize-Leroy), there was just one barrel of each cuvée and her Criots-Bâtard-Montrachet plot produced less than 100 litres.
Domaine d’Auvenay’s four hectares include the family’s original holdings in Meursault and Auxey-Duresses which Bize-Leroy has since supplemented with plots in Meursault Gouttes d’Or, Puligny-Montrachet Les Enseignières and Puligny-Montrachet Premier Cru Les Folatières, and five Grands Crus – Criots-Bâtard-Montrachet, Chevalier-Montrachet, Bâtard-Montrachet, Bonnes-Mares and Mazis-Chambertin.
Work in the vineyard and winery is identical to that of Domaine Leroy.