Michel Bettane

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Michel Bettane is a leading French wine critic, and for twenty years, a writer for the French consumer wine publication La Revue du vin de France. He left La Revue in 2004[1] to work for the rivaling wine publication Le Classement des Meilleurs Vins de France.[2] He now runs his own website.

Following the acquisition of La Revue du vin de France by Marie-Claire and media group Lagardère, Bettane and his colleague Thierry Desseauve left the publication on grounds of editorial differences, and the two launched their own series of wine guides, Le Classement des Meilleurs Vins de France.[3][4] Bettane also appears in publications such as Le Monde, Decanter and The World of Fine Wine.

Bettane is credited with coining the term "vin de garage" and its winemakers "garagistes".[5][6][7]

In an interview with Swiss newspaper Le Temps Bettane stated that wine critics are "not gurus", and stated that criticisms by Jonathan Nossiter in his book Le Goût et le Pouvoir were "infantile".[8]

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  1. ^ Robinson, Jancis, jancisrobinson.com (October 4, 2004). "Bettane and Desseauve to leave RVF".
  2. ^ Bettane and Desseauve, French Wine Critics, http://www.wine-searcher.com/critics-14-bettane+et+desseauve
  3. ^ Lechmere, Adam, Decanter.com (July 16, 2004). "Bettane and Desseauve 'will definitely' quit Revue".
  4. ^ Kissack, Chris, thewinedoctor.com. "Wine Books: Bettane & Desseauve".
  5. ^ winemag.co.za Michel Bettane Archived 2005-04-02 at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ Rosen, Maggie & Lechmere, Adam, Decanter (April 19, 2007). "Bordeaux vins de garage are dead: official".CS1 maint: Multiple names: authors list (link)
  7. ^ Jean-Luc Thunevin's Blog, November 26, 2007
  8. ^ Rosen, Maggie, Decanter.com (November 6, 2007). "Michel Bettane: 'We are not gurus'".

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