Etienne de Nantes started his wine career in 1993 working at Château des Antonins, in Bordeaux. He then went on to further explore the industry, studying wine in the Rhone Valley before completing a Masters of Wine Trade in Burgundy. Upon completion of his studies, Etienne worked as a “vigneron”, cellar worker, and a sommelier in Bordeaux and Franschhoek, South Africa. Later, Etienne managed a wine boutique in Bordeaux before working as a négociant specialized in the trade of Grands Crus Classés. Since 2005, Etienne has worked in the United States with Cognac Tesseron & Château Pontet-Canet then Champagne Louis Roederer & Pichon Comtesse de Lalande.
Today, based in New York City, Etienne is the US Director for the wineries of Michel Reybier, which include Château Cos d’Estournel, Château Marbuzet, Tokaj Hetszolo and Champagne Michel Reybier.