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Michael Broadbent RIP

#1 Post by Mark Golodetz » March 17th, 2020, 3:45 pm

A note from his son Bart. Sorry to hear, a real gentleman and a powerhouse in the wine world in his day.
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#2 Post by J. Ashourian » March 17th, 2020, 3:53 pm

Bad news on top of bad news. So sad to hear this. Had been hoping to meet him at some point.
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#3 Post by Br1an Th0rne » March 17th, 2020, 4:08 pm

RIP Mr. Broadbent. By all appearances a true gentleman who lived a rich and full life. I always enjoyed reading his books and commentary.

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#4 Post by Eric Ifune » March 17th, 2020, 4:20 pm

He was a titan. I still have a copy of "The Great Vintage Wine Book" he signed for me.

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#5 Post by David K o l i n » March 17th, 2020, 4:24 pm

So sorry to hear. Godspeed Mr B

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#6 Post by Howard Cooper » March 17th, 2020, 4:30 pm

Wow. What a giant in the industry. RIP.
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#7 Post by D@vid Bu3ker » March 17th, 2020, 4:35 pm

A legend. There will never be another like him.

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#8 Post by Doug Lee » March 17th, 2020, 4:46 pm

Agree, a legend. Greatest of condolences to his family and friends.

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#9 Post by alan weinberg » March 17th, 2020, 6:06 pm

a legend who won’t be forgotten.

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#10 Post by M.Kaplan » March 17th, 2020, 6:11 pm

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#11 Post by AD Northup » March 17th, 2020, 6:28 pm

This is terribly sad news. Lots of wine that I’m fond of that may not be as known with him.
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#12 Post by Craig G » March 17th, 2020, 8:30 pm

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#13 Post by Tom Reddick » March 17th, 2020, 8:38 pm

M.Kaplan wrote:
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Well said, sir.

Looking back on over 20 years of deep experience in wine, my first and most enduring love has been for Bordeaux, and for my part the intellectual approach and style of note-taking of Michael Broadbent captures the essence of those wines so very perfectly. And it took me a full 20 years to be able to say that and understand why I am saying it.

Anyone who has read a few of my tasting notes will readily see that Broadbent is the inspiration for how I chronicle my journey, and always there will be in me that 21 year old who went home one weekend to tell my father I was interested in wine, and received a tattered worn out first edition of The Great Vintage Wine Book to take back to college with me along with a mixed box of first growths and fresh memories of my first formal tasting note- 1976 Chateau Lafite-Rothschild. I read that book cover to cover countless times.

Parker taught me to be a savvy wine buyer - Broadbent taught me to seek to fully understand and love it, and appreciate the decades of experience required to truly master it.

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#14 Post by Paul H Galli » March 17th, 2020, 9:44 pm

MB, along with Harry Waugh, were my go to guys in my early wine days.
He will be missed...

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#15 Post by Fred Daniels » March 17th, 2020, 10:00 pm

Sorry to hear the news. A great writer and better taster, he witnessed the full blossoming of wine appreciation to the masses. His books were like a tonic whenever I had a bad day I would just read his notes and look forward to the day when I could taste the wines for myself. RIP.
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#16 Post by David Glasser » March 17th, 2020, 10:42 pm

Very sad, he was a real master in his day. RIP.

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#17 Post by Kurt B e i t l e r » March 17th, 2020, 11:23 pm

Wish I could have met Mr. Broadbent. Bless him and may he rest in peace.
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#18 Post by Ken Lamb » March 18th, 2020, 5:57 am

I lived in London from 2003-2018 and had the great privilege to meet him at events on numerous occasions and then become friends and had dinner with him socially on at least half a dozen occasions. In the mid-1980s on, he and Hugh Johnson (who I also met half a dozen times) were my most important formative influences in those early years. They wrote about wine in ways that spoke to me and helped me understand wine in a way that resonated. Their commentary was almost always very different from Mr. Parker's and from most of the other writers at Decanter...their commentary seemed to have an entirely different dimension.

Socially, he was the epitome of graciousness and charm...never a note of English sarcasm (not that I mind English sarcasm)...and often surprisingly bawdy. Watching him taste a great wine...stop and reflect upon it...and then offer his comments was a very special experience. You knew he felt a wine was great when stopped talking and looked down at his glass and reflected before speaking.

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#19 Post by Mark Golodetz » March 18th, 2020, 6:11 am

Others have talked about his wicked sense of humor. At a dinner at Vinexpo, there was a shortage of toilets, so there were a number of people peeing in the vineyards. He looked at them and said, “the Sauvignon Blanc this year at Xxxxxxxx” will have a strong aroma of cat peepee”.
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#20 Post by David K o l i n » March 18th, 2020, 6:16 am

His son Bart said on his Facebook page that he is unable to return to England because of C-19. That sucks

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#21 Post by Scott G r u n e r » March 18th, 2020, 1:42 pm

RIP. I have prints of his bordeaux and mosel maps hung in my dining room.

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#22 Post by eddy c » March 18th, 2020, 1:48 pm

RIP Mr. Broadbent - very sad to hear
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#23 Post by John Davis » March 18th, 2020, 2:19 pm

RIP. The man had a hell of a ride. Loved his writing.
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#24 Post by Jerry Hey » March 18th, 2020, 3:54 pm

My first adventures with wine and reviews were with MB - he tasted it all. What a life!

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#25 Post by Mark Golodetz » March 18th, 2020, 4:32 pm

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#26 Post by Martin Petersen » March 25th, 2020, 12:35 pm

Kurt B e i t l e r wrote:
March 17th, 2020, 11:23 pm
Wish I could have met Mr. Broadbent. Bless him and may he rest in peace.
This. Rest in peace Mr. Broadbent

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#27 Post by John Ammons » March 25th, 2020, 1:29 pm

Anybody recall way back when on eBob when Mark Squires called Mr. Broadbent "a dinosaur"? I don't remember any more specifics, other than that the conversation got pretty heated.

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#28 Post by Michael S. Monie » March 25th, 2020, 1:55 pm

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#29 Post by Anton D » March 25th, 2020, 1:58 pm

Craig G wrote:
March 17th, 2020, 8:30 pm
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#30 Post by Jud Reis » March 25th, 2020, 2:02 pm

RIP - a giant in the field, and a wonderful writer

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#31 Post by Michael S. Monie » March 25th, 2020, 2:05 pm

" A person who is proud of their intelligence, is like a prisoner who is proud of their spacious cell." Simone Weil

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#32 Post by Julian Marshall » March 25th, 2020, 2:35 pm

Well NM to be more precise but it’s a great tribute.

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#33 Post by Michael S. Monie » March 26th, 2020, 11:59 am

" A person who is proud of their intelligence, is like a prisoner who is proud of their spacious cell." Simone Weil

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