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

Monday, 20 August 2012

Unlike 1855, 1856 is a wine that delivers!

Château de l'Aulée in the appellation of Touraine Azay-le-Rideau specialises in sparkling wine. Their top Crémant de Loire is 1856 – their top cuvée to mark the creation of the estate in 1856. This full, creamy sparkling wine was first made in 2006. Pure Chenin Blanc it is vinified and aged in wood for two years before spending at least 30 months sur latte. It is excellent value at 8/9 € a bottle from the estate, so not everything from the 1850s is unreliable! Just don't order it from 1855 or Cave Privée! 

Stepping back a year, the antics of the 1855 'management' – Fabien Hyon is the CEO – over Cave Privée continue to astound on this thread on La Passion du Vin. Fortunately Mr Bernard Michel de la BIEV continues to squeeze Fabien Hyon where it hurts, so that he coughs up cheques to reimburse clients for wines that are never delivered. 

A week ago I had an interesting conversation with Jacky Blot (Domaine de la Taille aux Loups in Montlouis) who told me that they don't supply Cave Privée, which hasn't stopped the company listing them. Jacky said that they get frequent enquiries from clients of Cave Privée wondering what has happened to their wines. 

Shares in 1855 continue to limp along at between 0.03€ and 0.04€ a share.  

1855 called an arnaque by France2

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