Gault & Millau is an influential French guide to the wines, restaurants and hotels of France. It was founded by Henri Gault and Christian Millau in 1972, after the pair had worked together for more than a decade on various Paris-based gastronomy publications. The publication was established primarily as a restaurant guide – an emphasis it retains today – but naturally evolved to include wine reviews and ratings.
In January 2009 Gault & Millau was purchased by the French company Groupe Smart&Co, although it retains its traditional focus, activities and website (Gaultmillau.fr). The magazine's management consists of CEO Come de Cherisey and managing editor Patricia Alexandre. They are supported by writers and wine critics Pierre Guigui, Christophe Casazza, Manuel Peyrondet and Antoine Petrus.
Gault & Millau rates wines on the traditional French 20-point scale. Although an interpretation of these points is not freely offered, the magazine emphasizes the indépendance totale of its enquêteurs exigeants ('total independence of its demanding investigators').
Gault & Millau's wine scores on Wine-Searcher:
Score range: 11 – 20 points
50% fall between: 15 – 17 points
Average score: 15.7 points
(Data: October 2013)