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Committed to change. Update: June 2022 SAS Mischief and Mayhem Grands Vins de Bourgogne is continuing to evolve, we remain committed to change in all areas of the business and are very pleased to announce that our latest project is the construction of a new winery and cellar door. Where possible we are applying our viticultural practices of sustainability in the vineyards, to our new winery. Conscious of the environmental impact on the build, and wherever possible have used materials which have been recycled, in an effort to reduce the company’s carbon footprint. Eco-friendly building materials, such as recycled steel which we are using to line the walls and doors, reclaimed wood, and plant based materials for insulation have all been utilised. We are also introducing a ‘grey’ rainwater capture system in order to conserve as much water as possible. If the construction completes on time we aim to vinify the 2022 harvest in the new winery, and we shall look forward to welcoming visitors to the new tasting room later in the year. Fiona Traill Stevenson | Winemaker

The last twelve months have been exceptionally challenging from a business standpoint, with so many parts of the restaurant, hotel and bar sectors closed in the different countries with which we work. This has affected so many people, in such a severe way, that we are mindful, always, of keeping a sense of perspective on things. We are winemakers and proud to be so. Yes, we face commercial and meteorological challenges, but in comparison to what millions of people around the world have had to face over the last year, such challenges are simple indeed.

We are immensely grateful to all of our commercial partners and private clients for their support over the last year, and we are greatly excited at the prospect of markets opening up again and, hopefully, returning to some degree of normality. In the meantime, all good wishes from Fiona and I, and all the team here at Mischief and Mayhem, and we look forward to an exciting 2021.

Michael L. Ragg - CEO Mischief and Mayhem

A Message from our CEO ( March 2020 )

I wanted to take this opportunity to reach out to all of our customers, partners and friends at this exceptionally difficult and challenging time. Here in France, and throughout Europe and the world, the spread of the Coronavirus     ( COVID-19 ), and the rapidity and devastation of this spread, have impacted humankind in a way that would have seemed unimaginable just a few short weeks ago.

At such a time, it seems almost banal to think of business and commercial activity. However, I feel it appropriate, indeed especially appropriate at this time, to reassure all of our customers and commercial partners that our team here in Burgundy are doing everything possible to work forward and find a way through this unprecedented time of challenge.

For our UK customers, isolating at home, I can confirm that we are still able, at least at the current time, to deliver our wines directly to your door. For our commercial partners around the world, I can confirm that we are making every effort possible to ensure that we are here for you as and when conditions change enough to allow a return to normality. This especially applies to our importers in many countries where the bar and restuaurant sectors have been closed down. At some point, this will change and we will be here to support you when it does.

My sincere thanks to all of our customers, to our commercial partners, our importers and our co-workers here in Burgundy. Stay safe, keep well and together we will get through this.

Michael L. Ragg - CEO Mischief and Mayhem

Shipping update (June 2019)

Shipping: we have two shipments coming over to the UK at the moment.The first one to land includes much-needed stocks of Rosé, our new Pernand-Vergelesses and the new vintages of our Bourgogne Pinot Noir and Bourgogne Chardonnay.  Fans of previous vintages of these two will be very pleased with the 2017 vintage.  We carry good stocks of the range at our facility at Vinothèque and these can be delivered promptly throughout the UK.  Do let us know if you would like a current list of UK stock – we will let you know when these stocks land.

Domaine update (May 2019)

This is a very, very busy time of year for us, and a very satisfying one.  The 2018 vintage, a year that we are very pleased with, is now all safely in the cellar.  The 2017s are now all in bottle, and the buds of the 2019 vintage have now broken.  Driving through the vineyards there is a definite feeling of new life, of energy.  That said, we do still have the fear of frost, despite it being close to June.

April 5th this year saw the temps plummet to -4c in some villages but only 0c in Aloxe. A few pockets of vines were affected along the Côte but generally nothing to worry about as the communes had leapt into action with preventative measures. Bougies, straw bales and the expensive wind machines arrived in various vineyards for all of us to use.  By 3am the whole of the Côte was seemingly lit up by candle light and white vans were littered across the roads full of farmers keeping a protective eye on the precious vines.  The threat should have abated by now, though Fiona is still getting requests for meetings at four in the morning about whether or not to go ahead with more candle-lighting, hay bale lighting or windmill operations.