The Englishman Michael Broadbent (1927-2020) was one of the most famous wine tasters and wine authors in the world. In 1948 he began to study architecture, which he completed, and in 1952 he started as an apprentice at the wine merchant Tommy Layton. In 1955 he joined Harvey's, where the famous wine expert Harry Waugh (1904-2001) was his teacher. Here he made it as far as Sales Director for Great Britain. In 1966 Broadbent moved to the Christie's auction house in London and became director of the wine department. Here he was and still is responsible for countless auctions.
In 1970 he became chairman of the "Institute of Masters of Wine", the title of Master of Wine was awarded in 1960, and he was also an honorary member of the "Académie du Vin de Bordeaux". In 1984 he received the "Grand Prix de l'Académie Internationale du Vin". His famous wine book "Tasting, Knowing and Enjoying Wines" (Wine Tasting 1960) is an international classic and long seller and has already had over 40 editions in ten languages. He wrote monthly articles for the British magazine Decanter. From 1986 he was president of the International Wine & Food Society and since 1991 chairman of the board of the "Wine & Spirit Trades Benevolent Society".
He kept records of the wines he tasted until the day he died. According to his own information, he is said to have collected more than 85,000 entries in 133 volumes by 2004. In them, he not only recorded wine notes, but also the occasion, the people present, the food and, in addition, visual and atmospheric impressions. These notes are a remarkable historical document in which great wines of this world are described back to the beginning of the 18th century. In 2004 the German edition of the summarizing book "50 Years of Tasting the World's Finest Wines" was published.
He almost never swallowed at the tastings. According to his own statement, he was very moderate when drinking wine and very rarely drunk. He said: "For me every tasting is a revelation. Actually it is the wine that talks. I'll just get the translation. I see myself as a chronicler and communicator, not as a wine critic". In the field of wine evaluation and the question of "which wine goes with which food" Michael Broadbent has achieved true mastery (see also Wine with Food). However, his evaluation is not based on one of the common point systems, but on one to five stars.