The commune of Savigny-les-Beaune lies between the Hill of Corton and the city of Beaune and is well-known for producing beautifully balanced and expressive Pinot Noir. And this wine is no exception. The grapes come from the gentler, lower part of the sloping 'Les Bas Liards' vineyard where soils are pebbly and alluvial. The result is an elegant Pinot Noir perfumed with savoury notes and rich candied fruit. The palate gives pure berry fruit and a fine, savoury backbone, with dusty tannins and a long fruit-driven finish.
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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