Farewell to Grande Dame of Burgundy

Anne-Claude Leflaive, know as the ‘Grande Dame of Burgundy’ sadly passed away at Domaine Leflaive on Monday 6th April. Her death is a great loss to the world of wine; a strong woman who was seen both as pioneer & maverick, constantly standing for what she believed in.

She joined the family business, Domaine Leflaive, in 1990, taking over sole responsibility in 1993. She was one of the earliest biodynamic propagators, & over the next 4 years converted the entire domaine. Her conviction, & charisma in conveying it, led for her to be one of the most respected & celebrated biodynamic wine growers & a pioneer for excellence, especially in her beloved Burgundy.

Accolades flew thick & fast, from her work on the actual domaine to within the industry at large. Her energy, enthusiasm & ability to articulate her passions touched all those she met, & those much further afield. She led by example in creating some of the finest wines in the world, inspiring many & fearing none.

Her legacy lives on through the domaine & the wine school she co-founded in Burgundy: “Ecole du Vin et Terroirs”. Whilst the wine world is in shock, they will be coming together to celebrate her life this Saturday. Our thoughts & respect are with her family & friends.

The Author

Helen Richards

Helen Richards

Hely's love of wine was born from a young age, spending summers exploring the vineyards of France. After studying Modern Languages at Oxford, she worked in publishing and branding before joining the JF Tobias team to help build our blog / written content. She loves wine, writing, yoga and adventure in equal measure and strives to balance all four, although not necessarily all at the same time!