1855/Héraclès is finally bust but many, many questions remain to be answered!

Last Friday's final collapse into liquidation of Héraclès/1855 is good news as Hélène Poulou, the tenacious Bordeaux lawyer who has pursued this scam for a number of years, says. Whether her nearly 400 clients will get much of the around €5 million, excluding damages, they are owed is another question. Poulou's clients paid around €1.2 …

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

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 …

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C’est quoi, un grand vin de Bordeaux ? lllustration par un exemple

Je ne pense pas que tous les cas se ressemblent, mais certains peuvent bien illustrer des phénomènes, des tendances ou des modes, surtout quand il s'agit d'un produit qui est assujetti aussi directement à des contraintes de marché que le vin. Je veux parler aujourd'hui des vins les plus chers du bordelais, c'est à dire …

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Looking back at 13 while getting ready to look forward to 14

  My fellow blogger David has already set the scene with his list of wines that impressed and those that didn’t. However, rather than produce a second list I want to concentrate more on events both past and then take a look at forthcoming events next week. There will be many producers in much of …

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Bordeaux UK – the UK version of the 1855 story?

This is certainly an intriguing and interesting question which was posed on Google Plus by Régis Chaigne, a Bordeaux vigneron based in St Laurent du Bois. Régis' question was prompted by my post last Friday on investdrinks that reported the ban on Ian Vanderhook from being a UK  company director for nine years. Vanderhook was …

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