r.i.p anne-claude leflaive

Update 21.4.2015(20.4.2015)billn

It was reported that Anne-Claude Leflaive died during the Easter holidays – Jeremy Seysses being the first to publicly relay the news as far as I know. Purely by chance, I drank her 2011 Mâcon-Verzé the day before – and it was perfectly delicious.

Within 2 hours of Jeremy’s tweet, I was asked by one website if I could write a small piece about her – but I declined – not because I thought it a little shabby and rushed, though maybe I did a little – I much prefer something a little more considered and discreetly later – but the real reason was that I didn’t feel qualified. Although I’ve tasted at Domaine Leflaive at least 7 or 8 times, it’s always been with Pierre, Eric or Antoine – of-course I’ve shaken the hand of Anne-Claude a number of times, but I didn’t really know her; she said little and always stayed in the background. Of-course, I don’t need to know her in order to appreciate the way she has significantly remodelled a great old domaine – magnificently, and with real purpose too. All vintages offer the potential for disappointment, but Anne-Claude has ensured that Domaine Leflaive have all they need to be at the pinnacle of Puligny, indeed the pinnacle of Burgundy. I wish those that take up the formidable reins of Domaine Leflaive all success.

Although people differ on what ‘type’ was the cause, everybody seems sure that Anne-Claude succumbed to cancer. Some say that she was also trying to treat her cancer in a more biodynamic way – cancer is cruel and Anne-Claude was only 59 – but if this unequivocally principled approach made Anne-Claude feel better, even if only spiritually – then good for her.

I will find an appropriate time to toast her!

Agree? Disagree? Anything you'd like to add?

There is one response to “r.i.p anne-claude leflaive”

  1. Simon22nd April 2015 at 7:31 pmPermalinkReply

    An appropriate response. That even the most high tech proponents prefer to revert to low tech solutions in health issues (Steve Jobs is a prominent example) is an issue that gives much food for thought to what is the best course to follow.

    • billn22nd April 2015 at 8:29 pmPermalinkReply

      Well, if the prognosis is (to use a hard word) fatal – I think there’s much to be said for whatever makes you spiritually happiest.

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