After reading for the Bar at Gray’s Inn, Michael joined Laytons Wine Merchants in 1968. Since 1994 he has been a freelance writer and journalist specialising in Champagne. His book Finest Wines of Champagne won the international wine book of 2010 at the Louis Roederer awards. In 2014, he became a confrere of the St Vincent des Vignerons de Vertus, the only non-Champenois to be admitted to the Order.
Ahead of the 180th anniversary of Champagne Deutz in 2018, the house has released two new vintage cuvées.