Michel Bettane

Wine Critic, France

After several successful careers in other fields, such as music and literature, Michel turned his mind to wine, quietly rising to his current position of pre-eminence alongside his business partner Thierry Desseauve, curating the renowned Bettane+Desseauve guide. As he mentioned in a recent interview:

“Wine is a relationship to the vintage, the soil, to the person who created it, it is an intense year-long effort…Being a judge is learning justice and fairness. It helped me not to be too superficial and give wine its essential place in society.”