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2006 Mischief and Mayhem, Puligny-MontrachetApr. 2012
Golden colour. The nose has more than a little butterscotch and a core of floral aromas – eventually an appealing, if slightly disconcerting balsamic note that reminds me more of a red wine. The has a whack of quite powerful flavour, waxy silkiness and sufficient (plenty in a 2006 context) acidity for good balance. The finishing flavour is long with a hint of mineral, but also a trace of oxidation. Fully enjoyed, that oxidative note certainly not spoiling things but it would remind me to finish these up and replace with a younger vintage.
2009 Mischief and Mayhem, Saint-RomainNov. 2011
Elevage was 50% in stainless-steel and 50% 2 year-old barrels. Bottled in September 2010. A whiff of toast and perhaps a reductive note too – but below is a nice mineral impression which adds ripe lemon if you swirl. This is lithe, fresh and nicely intense – another St.Romain winner from this producer – this will be a lovely summer wine, but certainly more than a quaffer.
2009 Mischief and Mayhem, Nuits St.GeorgesNov. 2011
The nose offers deeper and darker ripe fruit than the bourgogne. Fuller, more concentrated and with more tannin too which bestows a good character. Classic Nuits – a good wine.
2009 Mischief and Mayhem, Aloxe-Corton 1erNov. 2011
From eighty year-old vines. The nose liberates nicely complex dark fruit. Full in the mouth, with understated tannin that still asserts itself with just a hint of ‘grab’. The tannin even grows a little in the finish, but it is a characterful addition to fruit that has more than one layer. Will be very good I think, but needs a little more patience than the Nuits.
2009 Mischief and Mayhem, MeursaultNov. 2011
There’s a nice concentration to the aromas, ripe yellow fruit that’s framed with a hint of spice – 20% new oak here. Fuller than the St.Romain, this is quite concentrated, even a little rich but there is lovely expansion in the mid-palate and it seems completely balanced. A good wine that speaks of Meursault – what more could you ask?
2009 Mischief and Mayhem, Corton BressandesNov. 2011
The nose is wide and fine with pretty high tones, yet it is perhaps a little tight as it shows less intensity than the previous wines. In the mouth this is quite lovely; round, not a little brooding you are left with a furry tannin to remind you. This is clearly a little tight today but shows the hallmarks of good winemaking.
2009 Mischief and Mayhem, Chassagne-Montrachet La MaltroieNov. 2011
Toasted bread on the nose plus an almost creamy roundness to the fruit aromas. This is both rich and very, very silky. Concentrated too – the overall balance being fine enough. Quite a contemplative wine I think…
2009 Mischief and Mayhem, Meursault CharmesNov. 2011
There is a faint gingerbread and a very fine width to the nose – it even smells fresh. Indeed this is a fresh and energetic Charmes with good concentration and length too – I would say rather lithe in shape. Well done!
2009 Mischief and Mayhem, Meursault PoruzotsNov. 2011
Full and forward notes that offer some minerality. Nicely textured; intense and complex – fun, fun, fun. I like this a lot.
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