Winemaker Fiona Ragg uses fruit from throughout Burgundy and employs simple winemaking techniques to showcase the inherent characteristics of Burgundian Pinot Noir. The result is a moreish wine with juicy cherry fruit, fine chalky tannins, and a savoury finish that pairs wonderfully with food or simply with good conversation.
Another good-value Bourgogne, especially since it’s more mature than most on the market? Paleish garnet. Some development on clean fruit and quite soft. Not classic – more strawberry than the typical red burgundy and definitely ready but GV. 13%, Drink 2020 – 2022.
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.
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