Wine Blogging Wednesday #15
hosted by Fatemeh at Gastronomie

November 2, 2005 - Jack

This month our wine is:

2002 Mischief and Mayhem
Pommard 1er Cru Clos Orgelot
(from Domaine Christophe Violot-Guillemard)

A total of 750 bottles were produced (62.5 cases).

Joanne’s tasting notes: Rich garnet color. Great burgundy nose with perfume and sulphured dried sour cherries - even kirsch-like notes on nose. A young elegant wine with a tight center. A light style – not heavily concentrated with integrated acids on the finish. A slight edge of spices on the finish. Jack: Really elegant, rich and meaty - showing so well at this young age. It was hard to share the bottle with Joanne. Exceeded my expectations. 6
Click here to learn who to contact about locating Mischief and Mayhem wines. Because of the micro quantities produced, their wines are very hard to find. This Pommard was $53.


The Mischief and Mayhem Story

Take two lovers of Burgundy wines:

Michael Twelftree - Co-founder and driving force behind Two Hands Wines - one of the best Australian wineries. (Also a fairly frequent poster on the Mark Squires BB.)
Michael Ragg - Worked for almost a decade at UK fine wine merchant Berry Bros. & Rudd. He moved to Burgundy in spring 2003 to be a wine consultant and broker in Aloxe-Corton.
The Concept
Come up with a revolutionary concept (for Burgundy) - to (paraphrased) "source small parcels of great wine from good producers and offer these wines at a fair price with as much useful information as possible to help you make an informed choice." I think they've succeeded.

The Result
Market the wine with the brand name of Mischief and Mayhem, including putting the grape varietal of the wine right on the front of the bottle (which I think is illegal in France for a bottle from Burgundy). The back of the bottle has a tremendous amount of detail about who made the wine, where, etc. (The best back-label I've seen on French wine bottle.)

Total Mischief and Mayhem production: 365 cases - ranging from the smallest two at 10 cases each, to the largest, 75 cases. There are ten wines released so far; six pinots and four chards.

A Preview of 2004 Mischief and Mayhem: Because of their very limited production Mischief and Mayhem wines are notoriously hard to come by. Michael Twelftree says 2004 is “a great vintage for whites” and as a result M+M have concentrated mainly on whites with only two reds forthcoming. Fortunately their total wine production seems to be slightly larger this coming year with about 750 cases being bottled in February and ready for delivery to NY in mid-March 2006. That breaks down to:

2004 Meursault Village - 150 cases
2004 Puligny-Montrachet Village - 100 cases
2004 Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru La Garenne -
100 cases
2004 Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru Les Referts -
100 cases
2004 Meursault 1er Cru Les Genevrières -
75 cases
2004 Gevrey Chambertin 1er Cru Les Cazetieres - 100 cases
2004 Corton Charlemagne Grand Cru - 100 cases
2004 Mischief and Mayhem ‘Crazy Love’ Gevrey Chambertin 1er Cru - 25 cases

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