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Wednesday, 24 August 2011

Château Sociando–Mallet slams 1855.com's business practices


Grapes in the Médoc August 2008

Château Sociando-Mallet (Haut-Médoc) has refused to have any dealings with 1855 (1855.com) since the 2007 vintage. Furthermore they deplore the company's business practices and their lack of professionalism. 

In response to a letter from an aggrieved 1855 client (NP), who is awaiting delivery of his 2008 en primeur, Pascale Roby, the château's commercial and administrative representative pulls no punches:    

'Cher Monsieur,

Nous avons cessé toute collaboration directe avec la société1855 depuis le millésime 2007 en raison des divers problèmes de livraison signalés par les acheteurs de nos vins. Cette société continue à proposer du Sociando-Mallet en primeur chaque année car elle doit trouver un approvisionnement sur la place de Bordeaux. Nous déplorons le manque de professionnalisme de la société 1855 qui, bien que finissant toujours je crois par livrer les vins dus, ne respecte pas ses engagements envers ses clients en terme de délai. 

Nous vous remercions en, tout cas de 
nous tenir informés de la suite qui sera donnée à votre commande.

Avec nos très sincères salutations,

Pascale Roby
Contact commercial et administratif Château Sociando-Mallet
33180 Saint Seurin de Cadourne
Tel : 05 56 73 38 80; Fax : 05 56 73 38 88
www.sociandomallet.com'

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En primeurs ordered from 1855 and known to be outstanding

12 bottles of 2005

24 bottles of 2006

**

Emeric Sauty de Chalon and Fabien Hyon are the senior 'management' team of 1855 (1855.com, 1855.con). Thierry Maincent was an administrateur and one of the directeur général délégués until he resigned his posts for personal reasons on 30th September 2010. Businessman Jean-Pierre Meyers, who is on the boards of L'Oreal and Nestlé, is a long-term shareholder of 1855.



3 comments:

Luc Charlier said...

It feels good to hear that Mr. Gautreau’s property, consistently one of the best producers in the whole of the Médoc and Graves since at least 1985, if not longer, refuses to deal with our most “beloved” bandit, 1855.com. It is also a pity that latter is still able to lay his hands on cases of that wine, though. But so the “négoce” works.
I cannot help but remark - and insist - on the extraordinary number of bunches your nice picture shows on this vine. Which one will produce classed growth wine, and which “appellation générique” ? Do we start from the left or from the right ?

Jim Budd said...

Luc. I believe this comes from a super-second vineyard but may not end up in the grand vin...

Luc Charlier said...

Supercilious, superordinate, superrogatory .... Collins is full of them.
Bollocks: supercalifragilisticexpialidocious (by heart, I swear) is more to my liking.