1855.com – renewed investigation as new judge appointed + need for wider inquiry

  A rather late news flash: Unfortunately I missed this most recent development in the long-running 1855.com saga and am indebted to my Les 5 du Vin colleague, Hervé Lalau, for bringing this report by Jérôme Baudouin in the Revue du Vin de France back in early July 2017 to my attention. On 6th June …

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Various items: supporting ‘Champagne Jayne’, 15-year ban for Gundlach, Sauty de Chalon to be hit with 350K fine

Fund raising site: http://www.gofundme.com/jaynevgoliath Fund launched to help Jayne Powell 'Champagne Jayne' to fight Champagne authorities  From the site: 'Champagne Jayne has spent many years of her life promoting and supporting the Champagne industry by educating and entertaining people from all parts of the world about Champagne. Despite her passionate efforts and support of the Champagne …

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

'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 …

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

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 …

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

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 …

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