Not to be one always looking back, whenever I start a new year I try and think about all the great times of last year and it helps me get really up for all the challenges and possibilites for 2020.

So whilst most of you are doing Dry January or something equally as healthy to overcome the post-Christmas and New Year booze/chocolate/meat comas, I thought I’d start the year with a quick recap of the wines that meant a lot to me in 2019…


2011-2018 vertical of natural Morgon wines, seriously impressive

Towards the end of the year I did a little two day trip to Beaujolais. I’d been before, but very much just passing through on my way somewhere else, so this was my first effort at hitting some wineries. ABSOLUTELY. BLOWN. AWAY.

Felt a bit harsh choosing just one producer to single out, but Lapierre just pipped the others with this eye-opening vertical of natural wines from Morgon. The depth of fruit, the subtlety of body, the silkiness of the finish. It just didn’t stop.  Lapierre was ace, but look out for the wines of David Beaupere, Robert Denogent, and Marc Delienne too. Anyone who thinks Beaujolais is a cheap party drink needs to get involved. Wow these are good wines!


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