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…


Some of the excellent Crus Artisans available

There I was out in Bordeaux again, and renewing an acquaintance with some of the boys and girls of the Crus Artisans. These are producers where the owner takes an integral role in all of the production, from grape growing to bottling. In itself that doesn’t necessarily guarantee top wine, but why would you bust your arse so hard if you weren’t making top wine?  You wouldn’t!

Some exceptional quality Crus Artisans out there on the market, but if you can find it, do check out Château De Lauga and Haut-Gravat (pictured).


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