This special Chambolle Musigny is our love letter to the hospitality industry. Every drop of profit from its sale is being donated to Hospitality Action, a charity that has been a lifeline for the restaurant and wine industry during the pandemic. It can be bought individually, or as a 6 bottle case which also includes a signed, limited edition print (just 50 available) by award-winning illustrator Chris Riddell.A classic, silky Chambolle from a vintage that's drinking wonderfully now but will equally age for several years yet. Dark and brooding with notes of black cherry, wild strawberry and mushrooms, with a delightfully grippy finish.
We would like to thank Michael and Fiona of Mischief & Mayhem, for offering this wonderful older vintage to sell in support of such a great cause. They tasted through several wines in their library stock before deciding on this specific bottling from 2014. "We wanted something special, in terms of quality and a limited release. It's drinking beautifully now, and given the vine age, quality, and concentration it should continue to develop nicely over the coming years.” - Michael RaggThe label for this wine was designed by acclaimed illustrator and Children's Laureate Chris Riddell, inspired by John Donne’s poem ‘No Man Is an Island’. Chris is a great wine lover and is currently the political cartoonist for the Observer."In the face of two great catastrophes- Brexit and the Covid pandemic, I chose my favourite poem by John Donne that seems to speak to both. In these strange times, it seems an appropriate response to open a bottle of good wine and share a glass with a companion. After all, no man is an island." - Chris Riddell
Quite a deep shaded ruby. Markedly fresh fruit and definitely burgundian – not one of those sweetish New World Pinot Noirs! Still reasonably firm and very definitely a wine for food – a spatchcocked quail comes to mind. For those who treasure just a little bite of austerity in their red burgundy. No desperate hurry to drink this.
With a seductively round fruit profile, there’s decent ripeness on the initial attack. Aromas of redcurrants, black cherries, raspberries, lingonberries, mulberries, and a dusting of cinnamon sugar. Dried cranberries and dried porcini mushrooms emerge with an additional swirl. On the palate, sweet and fresh red cherries fill the mouth.
This is made by Mischief and Mayhem and is a charity wine in collaboration with The Sourcing Table and illustrator Chris Riddell, who designed the label. It’s concentrated and well structured with lovely balance between the raspberry and cherry fruit and more savoury iron, blood and spice characters, as well as good tannins. There’s some elegance but also nice structure, and it finishes with a lovely sour cherry kick. This is really lovely: it’s a fabulous expression of both Pinot Noir and Chambolle, and could only really come from here.
In 2003, after working for Berry Bros & Rudd wine merchants for almost ten years, Michael and Fiona Ragg swapped bustling London for the small Burgundian village of Aloxe Corton where they established Mischief & Mayhem. Over time they established a large network of contacts throughout the Cote d’Or, including several grape growers they call upon each harvest to select only the best grapes for their wines.
They regularly visit all the vineyards they work with, to directly monitor vine health and vineyard development throughout the season; this ensures that their wines truly reflect the terroir-specific nature that is Burgundy. They are firm advocates of sustainable viticulture, low yields and hand harvesting. In the winery, they work traditionally to capture characters of the Pinot Noir and Chardonnay grapes, and the sites they come from.