‘Les Blanchards’ is Premier Cru vineyard located on the outskirts of Morey-Saint-Denis village. Named for the white clay-limestone soils, fruit from this site produces elegant and complex Pinot Noir often characterised by intense perfume, cherry fruit and a savoury, smoky quality. The use of oak is deliberately light in this wine, so as not to overpower theses delicate, site-expressive characters.
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.