When it comes to Burgundy: find a producer you like, and stick to them.
An old adage, but a true one. Regardless of the vintage or the cuvee they produce, it’s a pretty good rule of thumb. The problem is, when there are so many great producers in Burgundy, each with a myriad of wine locations, where on earth do you start?!
Even for those of us lucky enough to work in the trade this can be a challenge, so when we have the chance to introduce not only the wines, but the winemaker themselves, to our customers, we understandably jump at the chance for a wine tasting, particularly when the wines are this good.
Mischief & Mayhem is a Burgundy domaine whose wines we've fallen in love with.
The wines are simply brilliant and we've been trying to get Michael Ragg, one half of the husband and wife team which owns and runs the Mischief and Mayhem, across to Hong Kong to show his Burgundies for some time. I've personally been sure for some time that his wines would be perfect fit for our customers - whilst there’s a deep range of around 10 or so different wines from a variety of vineyard sites (thanks to the extensive networking Michael and Fiona have been able to do by being on the ground in Burgundy for over a decade through their negotiant arm of the domaine), all of the wines are underpinned by a great elegance and purity. The vineyards and winemakers they work with are carefully chosen in order to maintain quality; oak barrels of around two years or so are used in order to allow the opulent fruit to show through. These are age worthy wines, which nevertheless have the balance from an early age to be drunk relatively young.
The Wine Tasting: Michael shows eight of his Burgundy wines at the Champagne Gallery in Hullett House
Presented in front of a number of our clients, we were delighted how well the Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs showed here in Hong Kong; both of the Bourgognes were delightful and offer incredible value (the Bourgogne Chardonnay could easily be aged for a couple of years if you’re patient enough). The Chambolle Musigny VV was rich, spicy - this was hard to put down. The Meursault Genevrieres could easily have passed for a Grand Cru. The two top wines lived up to their billing though; the Vosne Romanee les Brûlées, a perennial favourite of F+R and our clients, was deeply complex yet hugely rewarding (perhaps not surprising given the vineyard’s proximity to Richebourg), whilst the Corton Charlemagne Grand Cru was every bit the class act you would expect from one of the great white wine sites in Burgundy.
Many thanks to Michael, our guests and Hullett House for making this such a memorable wine tasting evening of brilliant Burgundy!