Awards and citations:

1997: Le Prix du Champagne Lanson Noble Cuvée Award for investigations into Champagne for the Millennium investment scams

2001: Le Prix Champagne Lanson Ivory Award for

2011: Vindic d'Or MMXI – 'Meilleur blog anti-1855'

2011: Robert M. Parker, Jnr: ‘This blogger...’:

2012: Born Digital Wine Awards: No Pay No Jay – best investigative wine story

2012: International Wine Challenge – Personality of the Year Award

Tuesday, 21 August 2012

1855: more evidence that an appeal to Bernard Michel is effective

France2 declares 1855 an 'arnaque'

This message from AB is further evidence that contacting Bernard Michel of the BIEV is an effective way of squeezing refunds out of the 'fraudulent' 1855 group: 

'Hi Jim,

I wanted to let you know that, on your recommendation, I wrote to Bernard Michel. He answered immediately, suggesting different issues, among them that 1855 could reimburse the wines, and copied 1855 at the same time.

They then answered the following day, saying that I would be reimbursed, and I got my money back (without interests of course, but it was more than 5000 €…). They say that they can ship Margaux 07, and I am waiting this.

This puts an end to this sad saga. It also clearly shows that they had not bought the wines “en primeur” (even the wines they were supposed to “hold” in their cellars on my behalf) and that they have cheated their clients on a very big scale. I wonder how they could pretend to organise a shipping “in the next few weeks” as they wrote repeatedly, as they had to get the wines at market prices far superior to the “primeur” prices…

Obviously, I will never – never order again anything at 1855.

Many thanks for your help!!!

Best regards


Contact details for Bernard Michel: téléphone

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