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20 novembre 2014 – journée noire pour l’e-commerce du vin en France

EMericSautya

Emeric Sauty de Chalon: a great magician whose renowned speciality is changing cases of First Growth Bordeaux into bottles of Bordeaux Supérieur that can be purchased from Cora supermarkets for 5.50€. « Emetic is a rare talent! » Charles Ponzi.

FabienHyon

Fabien Hyon: another great magician

’20 novembre 2014 – Validation du plan de continuation d’Héraclès – COMMUNIQUE DE PRESSE

Héraclès annonce aujourd’hui que le Tribunal de commerce de Paris a homologué son plan de continuation, entraînant la clôture de la procédure de redressement judiciaire de la société faîtière du groupe. Ce plan a été présenté avec le soutien du partenaire financier historique du groupe. En octobre 2013, Héraclès s’était placée sous la protection du Tribunal de Commerce de Paris afin de mettre en place un plan de traitement global et équitable des derniers clients attendant des Bordeaux Primeurs.

Au cours des douze derniers mois, il a été possible de construire une solution permettant à tous les clients concernés d’obtenir soit le remboursement intégral et progressif du montant de leur commande, soit une livraison garantie d’une sélection de vins de Bordeaux de qualité. A ce jour, plus de 500 clients concernés ont choisi une livraison de vins en remplacement de leur commande initiale de Bordeaux Primeurs.

Avec la clôture de la procédure de redressement judiciaire, Héraclès a donc aujourd’hui l’opportunité de reprendre sereinement le développement de l’activité de vente de vins des différentes marques du groupe.’

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Last Thursday Heracles, a French internet wine company, announced in the above press release that the Tribunal de Commerce in Paris had accepted their business plan, which included how they would repay their many creditors and that they were now out of administration. Heracles used to be called 1855. However, following its longstanding failure to deliver en primeur Bordeaux to its clients the name was cleansed and changed to Heracles as 1855’s reputation had become so noxious and toxic.

For the benefit of English speaking readers of our blog, here is a translation. Because of the differences between French and English It is always difficult to provide an exact translation instead this gives the broad sense of Emeric and Fabien’s message.

‘We are delighted to announce today that our lobbying of the Tribunal de Commerce (Paris) has paid off handsomely. They have accepted our largely fictitious business plan and we are now out of administration. Having friends in very high places has made this possible and we are hugely grateful to our long-term supporters. Heracles went into administration in October 2013 and, due to the extreme leniency shown by the court, this has provided us with a wonderful opportunity to again shaft our clients, waiting patiently for their en primeur Bordeaux, with an ‘equitable’ plan!

Cora – Foire aux Vins 14 -Massy

Cora (Massy branch) Foire aux Vins d’Automme 24th September – 11th October

LesE-Bordeaux Sup

Offered by Heracles in exchange for Latour, d’Yquem etc. 2012 Bordeaux Supérieur Château les Eyraux at €5.50. Production 30,000 bottles. The sail on label recalls that of Ch Beychevelle…

Over the last 12 months we have cooked up a repayment ‘plan’ that only the most stupid of our creditors could accept. We are happy to guarantee that in place of the cases of Lafite, Latour, Margaux etc. ordered by our idiotic and gullible clients we will palm them off with some bottles of 2012 Bordeaux Supérieur that could have been bought recently in some branches of Cora supermarkets for 5.50€. ‘May palm off’ is probably more accurate here as we cannot guard against any technical and logistical problems we may experience with our deliveries. Amazingly to date over 500 of our increasingly desperate clients have accepted our ludicrous offer of 2012 Bordeaux Supérieur in exchange for their top Bordeaux ordered years ago en primeur!

Now that we are out of administration we will serenely continue to shaft our clients at every opportunity using the full gamut of the various companies under the Heracles’ umbrella. We are eternally grateful that the Tribunal de Commerce has given us the green light to defraud with complete impunity anyone foolish enough to order wine through our companies. Why change a winning system!

As Emeric often says – « Never give a sucker an even break…! »‘

Jim Budd


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1855: eventual retribution for Emeric Sauty de Chalon and Fabien Hyon?

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Domaine de Chevalier, Pessac-Léognan Ordered: 1 bouteille Domaine de Chevalier 2007 – Pessac Léognan rouge : 39,95 €

In mid–March 2014 a preliminary investigation into the 1855 fraud was finally set up. I don’t hold up much hope that both Emeric Sauty de Chalon and Fabien Hyon will eventually be brought to justice as I suspect they still have friends in high places providing them with protection.

When 1855 went into administration last October it was reasonable to conclude that the defrauding of its unfortunate customers would now be at an end. Scandalously this seems to be not the case as a very recent article in Que Chosir shows. Alleged serial fraudsters Fabien Hyon and Emeris Sauty de Chalon continue to fleece their customers but now with the seeming blessing of a Parisian court.

The article in Que Choisir demonstrated clearly that the difficulties and frauds associated with 1855 continue even though the company is in administration. Through an intermediary Que Choisir placed an order for wine that should have been delivered within 24 hours – the wine was supposed to be in stock and available. However, a month later they were still waiting delivery of their wines. It proved impossible, of course, to contact anyone at 1855.

Hardly surprising as alleged serial fraudsters Emeric Sauty de Chalon (Président du conseil d’administration) and Fabien Hyon (Directeur général) have been retained to run the company despite the very long litany of complaints and a host of legal actions against 1855! Que choisir article:

‘1855.com, la coupe est pleine

Que Choisir alerte régulièrement ses lecteurs sur les pratiques commerciales douteuses de 1855.com. Malgré plusieurs procédures en cours (dont une plainte déposée par l’UFC-Que Choisir), ce site de vente de vin en ligne est toujours en droit de poursuivre son activité. Actuellement en redressement judiciaire, la société est en période d’observation. Honore-t-elle pour autant ses commandes ? Pas vraiment.’

Plus grand choix

How can such a severely indebted company claim to have such a stock of wines!

Curiously within ten hours of this article appearing on line three of the four wines ordered were delivered. I suspect if it wasn’t for the article the person who had ordered the wines would still be waiting for them to be delivered. In any case 1855 – Hyon and and de Chalon – were only able to cobble together three of four wines ordered – all, of which, were supposed in stock. Arnaque toujours! There is also an interesting interview here with Hélène Poulou, the Bordeaux lawyer who represents some 300 fleeced clients. Also here there are further reflections on the persuasive charm of fraudster Emeric Sauty de Chailon as well as rumours of orders placed during the period of administration, which haven’t been fulfilled.

http://patrimoine.lesechos.fr/patrimoine/art-collection/marche-art/0203405616733-vin-la-descente-aux-enfers-de-1855-660624.php

http://www.lesechos.fr/entreprises-secteurs/service-distribution/actu/0203377499212-1855-la-pyramide-de-ponzi-du-vin-657558.php

Jim Budd 

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‘Groupe 1855 rebaptisé’ = 12 new very tough labours for Héraclès!

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Charles Ponzi – an inspirational figure for 1855

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Fabien Hyon, managing director of Groupe 1855. A physical resemblance to Charles Ponzi?

Internet ‘wine’ company 1855 is planning to change its name on 19th September at a meeting of shareholders. The 1855 moniker will be discarded and the group will henceforth be called Héraclès.

Clearly the reputation 1855 and all the companies within the 1855 group have become so poisonous and lethal that a name change is necessary. As Emeric Sauty de Chalon says it is ‘une nécessité’ an ‘une opportunité de dissocier’ from ‘leurs tensions opérationnelles':

Press release from Group 1855:

Groupe 1855 rebaptisé « Héraclès »

3 Septembre 2013 – Groupe 1855 rebaptisé « Héraclès » – COMMUNIQUE DE PRESSE
Groupe 1855 annonce aujourd’hui sa volonté de se rebaptiser en « Héraclès ». « Ce changement de nom est à la fois une nécessité et une opportunité » déclare Emeric Sauty de Chalon, Président.

« Une nécessité, car le groupe possède aujourd’hui quatre marques distinctes – 1855, ChateauOnline, Cave Privée et les Caves de la Transat -, chacune avec ses racines, ses perspectives et son autonomie de fonctionnement, et il n’y avait pas de justification à ce que l’une des marques soit plus mise en avant que les autres au niveau de la dénomination du groupe ».

« Ce changement est également une opportunité de dissocier la vie des marques – leurs produits, leurs clients, leurs tensions opérationnelles ponctuelles et leurs initiatives de développement – de la communication stratégique, financière et juridique d’un groupe coté en Bourse ».

« Nous avons choisi comme nom « Héraclès », car ce héros grec a vécu un grand nombre d’aventures, de difficultés et d’exploits, et que ses voyages aux allures d’épopée raisonnent parfaitement avec celle que nous vivons dans l’univers du vin depuis la création de notre groupe en septembre 1995″.

Pour acter ce changement de nom, le conseil d’administration a convoqué une assemblée générale qui se tiendra le 19 septembre 2013, à Paris.’

Assuming that the name change goes through poor Héraclès will be faced with 12 new labours – 12 new challenges in relation to ex-1855.con that will be far more difficult and testing than the original 12 he performed back in classical times:

Hercules’ classic labours:

First Labour: Nemean lion

Second Labour: Lernaean hydra

 Third Labour: Ceryneian Hind

 Fourth Labour: Erymanthian Boar

 Fifth Labour: Augean stables

 Sixth Labour: Stymphalian Birds

 Seventh Labour: Cretan Bull

 Eighth Labour: Mares of Diomedes

 Ninth Labour: Belt of Hippolyta

 Tenth Labour: Cattle of Geryon

 Eleventh Labour: Apples of the Hesperides

 Twelfth Labour: Cerberus

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Labours_of_Hercules

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Héraclès armed with a big stick for dealing with fraudsters

Here are the 12 new labours of Héraclès in ascending order of difficulty:

1) Ensuring that the renamed company functioning as a legitimate business.

2) Sorting out the logistical and delivery problems – ensuring that customers receive their wine on time.

3) Making sure that the newly baptised company answers the phone.

4) Making sure that the newly baptised company answers customers’ emails.

5) Buying all the wines ordered en primeur by its customers, which were never purchased by 1855.

6) Paying the many fines and legal costs arising from a host of court cases involving 1855 and its associated companies.

7) Insisting that customers of the renamed company are told the truth and not the customary pack of lies.

8) Persuading quality French producers, who haven’t wanted to be associated with the 1855 scam, to now supply the rebaptised Héraclés group.

9) Forcing Emeric Sauty de Chalon and Fabien Hyon to issue a sincere apology for the distress and inconvenience they have knowingly caused through their fraudulent management of the 1855 Group.

10) Rebuilding the reputation of Group 1855 while detoxing and laundering the reputation of the group’s senior management notably Emeric Sauty de Chalon, founder and president, and Fabien Hyon, managing director of the 1855 group.

Task 10 resembles the cleansing of the Augean stables but, of course, clearing up the shit (merde) created by Sauty de Chalon and Hyon will make the Augean Stables task like a vicar’s tea party.

11. Persuading the French government and regulatory bodies that enough is enough and this fraudulent enterprise should be closed down for failing to supply over many years some of its clients with the wines they ordered.

12. Persuading the Repression des Fraudes to prosecute Emeric Sauty de Chalon and Fabien Hyon.

11 and 12 is easily the most difficult task but if Héraclés succeeds there will be many delighted clients around Europe as well as relieved producers in Bordeaux and other parts of France.

I understand that the Society for the Preservation of the good name of Hercules is most unhappy at this turn of events. Having no wish for Hercules to be in anyway associated with this bunch of shysters, they have contacted the CIVC (Le Comité Interprofessionnel du vin de Champagne for advice on how to protect Hercules’s reputation. The CIVC jealously guards Champagne’s reputation and has long experience of taking action to protect its good name. Indeed it is now considering taking Apple to court for daring to launch an iPhone with the colour – Champagne, apparently a recognized colour since 1915.

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What has the 1855 group got that Olivier Cousin hasn’t?

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Olivier Cousin in London May 2011

On October 2nd Anjou vigneron, Olivier Cousin, will be before a court in Angers facing a case of fraud and bringing the appellation contrôlée system into disrepute. His crime? Putting ‘Anjou Pur Breton’ on a label for a vin de table. See here and here. Apparently Cousin could face a maximum fine of 37,500 euros and two years in prison.

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The offending label.

Contrast the threat to Cousin with the apparent carte blanche given to 1855 and their associated companies ChateauOnline and Cave Privée to fleece a number of their customers, especially those who order Bordeaux en primeur as well ignoring many court judgments against them.

Here is just the latest account from one of the hundreds of clients ripped off by the companies run by Emeric Sauty de Chalon and Fabien Hyon.

La Lettre de mon Jardin n°96 – juil 13

Bruno G. , un client Parisien nous communique:
« Pour info: je viens d’obtenir un jugement en ma faveur contre Chateau on Line qui ne m’avait pas livré mes Primeurs 2009.

Je les ai assignés directement à la juridiction de proximité du 9éme Arrdt de Paris ( leur SS), et le jour ou nous sommes passés il y avait 5 recours contre eux mais ils n’avaient pas daigné se déplacer.

Ils ont été condamnés à ce que j’avais demandé, à savoir le remboursement de la valeur actualisée des vins commandés majorée des intérêts de retard, plus les frais de justice.

J’ai fait délivrer par huissier la signification exécutoire du jugement et une saisie arrêt sur leur compte en banque qui est revenue impayée, faute de provision . Ils n’ont manifesté aucune réaction !

Je viens donc de lancer un commandement de payer par huissier et j’irai, bien entendu jusqu’à la cessation de paiement si nécessaire, d’autant plus qu’ils continuent à faire de la pub pour la campagne des Primeurs 2012. C’est une véritable « escroquerie en bande organisée », pour reprendre une expression à la mode. ?

Je viens également de les relancer, pour la livraison des Primeurs 2010 que j’avais également commandés, mais en vain. Je les assignerai de nouveau après les vacances judiciaires

Par contre je suis surpris que la Direction de la Concurrence et des Prix n’ait pas été saisie par les négociants de la place bordelaise ! ».

Si vous êtes dans son cas, il peut être intéressant de vous mettre en rapport avec cette personne victime d’agissements frauduleux…Donnez nous toute information, nous transmettrons.

Rappelons que « Chateau on line » appartient à la Sté 1855, elle aussi poursuivie par de nombreux clients non livrés, et qui a délocalisé cette année ses offres de Primeurs 2012 sur cette filiale…. Jolie ruse!

Pourquoi cette différence de traitement dans un État de droit?

http://jimsloire.blogspot.co.uk/2011/10/olivier-cousin-update-on-anjou-pur.html

http://jimsloire.blogspot.co.uk/2011/10/olivier-cousin-1855-and-dgccrf-compare.html

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