randson of a court clerk at the Parliament of Lorraine and son of an officer of the Empire, stationed at Blaye, a small developed port of Bordeaux and breeding ground for ship captains and privateers. Étienne Denis, founder of the eponymous group, started his career in trade by sailing to India, African coasts, Peru and the Far East for Bordeaux’s ship owners. The trust and loyalty of Bordeaux ship owners towards Etienne Denis, his reputation and honesty would build the character originality of the Denis family up until our days.