Michel Bettane is a leading French wine critic, for twenty years a writer for the
French consumer wine publication La Revue du vin de France until 2004.
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. Bettane
also appears in publications such as Le Monde, Decanter and The World of Fine
Bettane is credited with coining the term "vin de garage" and its winemakers
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".