In 1982, Laurent graduated as an Oenologist from the Ecole Nationale Supérieure d’Agronomie de Montpellier.
From 1982 to 1996 he worked in the wine trade in Bordeaux, Beaujolais, Germany and London.
He graduated WSET Diploma in 1991. In 1996, he met Khun Chalerm Yoovidhya, owner of Siam Winery (Thailand) and founder of Red Bull Energy drink. He worked as a wine maker for Siam Winery and is considered today as one of the pioneers of the wine industry in Thailand. He has thus succeeded in placing Thailand on the world wine map.
In 2007, Laurent decided to move back to France to manage his family estate on the Beaujolais Hills “Chateau de l’Hestrange”, (www.lhestrange.com), taking up a new challenge to revive the reputation and global image of Beaujolais wines.