Michael Broadbent

Decanter Magazine, Wine Writer & Critic

Michael Broadbent MW is a renowned British wine critic, auctioneer and writer. After gaining experience at various wine merchants, he achieved his Master of Wine qualification in 1960. Six years later he became a sales director at Christie’s, where he introduced fine wine auctions. During his long career at the auction house, he rose to become senior director of the Christie’s wine department and remained in a consultancy role until 2009. He has been a Decanter contributor since the magazine’s inception in 1975, as well as writing for other publications such as Vinum and Falstaff. He has written several wine books, including Michael Broadbent’s Wine Tasting and The Great Vintage Wine Book. Among his many accolades, he is a Chevalier de l’Ordre du Mérite Agricole and an honorary member of the Académie du Vin de Bordeaux.