He followed his father to the vineyards at a tender age, roller-skated in the cellars and played in the “cuverie”. His fondest memory (à la Marcel Proust) is the smell of the macerating must.
His first job after graduate school (Ecole Supérieure de Gestion in Paris) was with a bank. But he missed Burgundy and was eager to share his knowledge with other people.
The change came in 1993 when he moved to Paris and became involved with sales for Drouhin. Two years later he became sales manager for the French capital, directing a team calling on restaurants, wine shops and individual collectors.
Today, Laurent is the Drouhin ambassador to the United Statesand the Caribbean. Besides his commercial responsibilities, he is also involved in communication and other public relation activities such as tastings and wine dinners. In 2005, he decided to move to New York with his wife Béatrice and their two young children. His creative and active personality is an ideal match for the American life-style. “My wife, who likes to paint watercolors, is definitely calmer”, he likes to say. Laurent has a passion for the sea, sailing and other nautical sports.