Clive Coates MW, one of the world's best-known and most respected wine writers, died last week in France at the age of 81. His books, especially on Burgundy and Bordeaux, made him an authority on these regions.
He started his career in the hotel business, but after a visit to Bordeaux in 1964, he turned to wine. From 1984 to 2005, he published his own independent wine magazine, The Vine.
Coates has received many awards, including the Chevalier de l'Ordre du Merite Agricole from the French government and the Champagne Lanson Award as "Wine Writer of the Year" in 1999.
In March 2022, he belatedly celebrated the anniversary of his 50 years as a Master of Wine (MW). He had passed the examination in 1971. Siobahn Turner MW, Executive Director of the Institute of Masters of Wine, paid tribute to Coates: "He was so kind, so generous with his wine and his knowledge. One of the giants has passed on and we will miss him."
(al /source: drinksbusiness; photo: Institute of Masters of Wine)