Michael Ragg spent nearly ten years working with leading UK fine wine merchant Berry Bros. & Rudd before moving to Burgundy in spring 2003. He is the founder and proprietor of Mischief and Mayhem.
Fiona Traill-Stevenson is from an arts background, but she also worked with Berry Bros.& Rudd as a specialist consultant for four years, before moving to the region with Michael in 2003. She is proprietor and winemaker at Mischief and Mayhem.
Together, we established Mischief and Mayhem. A winery, micro-négociant and domaine, created from scratch, and now with 14 vintages under its belt. This is a gradual process, a labour of love - indeed a lifetime's work.
We have lived permanently in the village of Aloxe-Corton since our move here in 2003. Little by little, over the intervening years, we have established a progressive, artisanal winery, dedicated to producing wines of the highest quality from across the Côte d'Or, encompassing many of the world's greatest Pinot Noir and Chardonnay vineyards.
Starting as a micro-négociant, producing a small number of wines from key villages, we have gradually grown, and developed an increasing number of close relationships with growers across the region. This has allowed us to produce a broader range of wines from both fabled, and lesser known villages, and gain a greater understanding of these individual plots and vines.
The company achieved full domaine status in 2012 with the purchase of a small plot in Aloxe-Corton Les Caillettes. An additional vineyard in Savigny-lès-Beaune Premier Cru Aux Gravains was added to the portfolio in 2013 and more recently, a small but exceptional site in Puligny-Montrachet Premier Cru Les Referts. We are also engaged in a renovation programme, creating a new winery and barrel cellars here in Aloxe-Corton.
Our Viticulture and Winemaking
We practice sustainable and organic viticulture, keep yields low in the vineyards, hand pick all grapes, and be as precise, delicate, and non-interventionalist as possible in the winery.
We use very little new oak for élevage, and most recently have begun experimenting more with stainless steel and ceramic vessels, so as to better preserve the true characteristics of the fruit that we work with.
These components all combine together and contribute to the creation of wines that are truly natural, pure and individual expressions of both grape variety and vineyard site. It sounds simple - in certain vintages it is, and in certain vintages it absolutely isn't, but these are the key things that guide us.
Brilliance simplified. It is our endeavour to produce outstanding wines from what we believe is the world's greatest region. Well made, pure, individual wines that epitomise Burgundy and everything that makes it so special and unique.
Attention to details at every stage of the winemaking process from vineyard to bottling, would sum things up.
In doing this it is our intention not only to produce exceptional wines, but also to encourage a greater understanding and appreciation of what Burgundy has to offer. We hope that you enjoy our wines and we thank you for your support.
Michael and Fiona