The shareholders of Burgundy’s Domaine Leflaive have appointed Brice de la Morandière as the estate’s new managing director. De la Morandière is the nephew of Anne-Claude Leflaive, who managed the domaine for more than 20 years prior to her death last month.
De la Morandière, 50, is the fourth generation to run Domaine Leflaive since Joseph Leflaive began replanting the vineyards and domaine bottling in the 1920s. Since then, Domaine Leflaive has built a reputation as a leading producer of top-quality white Burgundy. Under Anne-Claude’s leadership, biodynamic farming was implemented in the vineyards and quality continued to improve.
De la Morandière is committed to the same methods employed by Anne-Claude in the vineyards and winemaking. “Today the helm is transferred to the fourth generation,” said de la Morandière in a statement after his appointment. “We will continue with the same philosophy and respect for great terroir, humility toward the forces of nature and the relentless pursuit of excellence in winemaking that Anne-Claude embraced and practiced.”
The new managing director comes from the corporate world, having managed multinational companies for much of his professional career. Since 2011, he was CEO of Hyva Group, a world leader in hydraulic mechanisms for industrial trucks and cranes. Prior to that, he was the CEO of Sperian Protection (now part of Honeywell), a leading global manufacturer of personal protective equipment for workers, a job he rose through the ranks to reach after joining the company in 1997.