Brice de la Morandiere, nephew of the late Anne-Claude Leflaive, has been appointed to succeed her as new managing director of Burgundy’s Domaine Leflaive.

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The 2014 harvest at Domaine Leflaive. Image credit: Leflaive

De la Morandiere, who represents the fourth generation of the family to lead the family estate, was appointed by Domaine Leflaive shareholders following the death of Anne-Claude Leflaive in April.

He said he was looking forward to returning to Burgundy after 27 years of managing multinational companies.

‘I have always kept my roots in Puligny-Montrachet and in our Domaine, participating in major events, contributing to our board of directors and renovating a new family house in the village,’ de la Morandiere said.

He pledged to continue the work of his aunt, a passionate pioneer of biodynamic viticulture who helped to found the Ecole du Vin et des Terroirs wine school in Puligny-Montrachet.

‘We will continue with the same philosophy and respect for great terroir, humility towards the forces of nature, and the relentless pursuit of excellence in winemaking that Anne-Claude embraced and practised,’ de la Morandiere said.

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Written by Richard Woodard