Mischief and Mayhem is the creation of Michael Ragg and Fiona Traill-Stevenson, whose passion for wine, and for Burgundy in particular, inspired them to move to the region and create the company.
Michael Ragg spent nearly ten years working with leading UK fine wine merchant Berry Bros. & Rudd before moving to Burgundy in spring 2003 and setting up his own wine consultancy and broking business in Aloxe-Corton, prior to the creation of Mischief and Mayhem in 2004.
Fiona Traill-Stevenson is co-founder and partner in Mischief and Mayhem. Initially from an arts background she also worked with Berry Bros. & Rudd as a specialist consultant for four years, before moving to the region with Michael in 2003.
Living in Aloxe-Corton for thirteen years has given Michael and Fiona the opportunity to develop a large network of contacts on the ground in Burgundy and this is key to the business. Mischief and Mayhem sources grapes from all over the Côte d'Or and the Raggs' knowledge of the region coupled with over a decade on the ground and in the vineyards, combine together in a personal business that is dedicated to producing outstanding wines from some of the world's greatest Pinot Noir and Chardonnay vineyards.
The company achieved full domaine status in 2012 with the purchase of a small plot in Aloxe-Corton. An additional vineyard in Savigny-les-Beaune Premier Cru Aux Gravains was added to the portfolio in 2013, and the company is currently engaged in a renovation programme, creating its new winery and barrel cellars in Aloxe-Corton.
The concept of Mischief and Mayhem is simple. We want to produce excellent wines from both the Côte d'Or and Chablis that are fairly priced, yet we also wish to revolutionise and simplify the way these wines are marketed, by offering the consumer, detailed and relevant back-label notes in English, on the vineyard site, specific vintage conditions, production details and all other relevant information.
We were continually frustrated that the responsibility and risk of purchasing a bottle of Burgundy was always born by the consumer, as the packaging invariably offered very little detail on the style of the wine and the producer. We believe that Burgundy is a superb region, but like consumers throughout the world we understand that it can be extremely challenging to try to pick and choose between the hundreds of different wines produced throughout the Côte d'Or.
We would therefore like to help both existing lovers of Burgundy, and those who are new to the region, by producing great wines and offering these at fair prices, packaged and labelled with as much useful information as possible, so as to help the individual make an informed choice.
It is our endeavour to produce some of the finest wines that Burgundy can offer - well made, elegant and indvidual wines that epitomise all that is fine about this great region.
With fruit sourced from outstanding vineyard sites and wines offered at fair prices, it is our aim to bring something new and exciting to the marketplace by producing great, terroir-specific wines, packaged in a way that offers detailed information to both the newcomer and the experienced Burgundy buyer.
In doing this, it is our intention to encourage a greater understanding and appreciation of the wines of this wonderful region - we hope that you enjoy our wines and we thank you for your support.
Michael and Fiona