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

Sunday, 23 January 2011 possible class action

Michael Haynes, a UK lawyer but based in France near Bergerac, is planning to put together a class action against 1855 ( Like so many other 'customers' of 1855  he is owed a considerable quantity of en primeurs from the 2005, 2006 and 2007 vintages.  

Michael would like anyone owed wine by 1855 ( to contact him supplying details – the ideal would be for each claimant to supply me with a print out of their order from their a/c page from, plus an edited version showing just the wines outstanding (as the a/c page shows both outstanding and already delivered orders) with an estimate of their current value. The best way of finding current value is to check on I find it easiest to restrict the search to UK merchants using euro as the currency and to search for full cases rather than a bottle price.

Contact details: 
Michael Haynes
24500 Eymet

Tel: (+33) 05 53 74 23 11
Mob/portable: 06 72 34 99 83


Current tally of wines not delivered by 1855 (
2122 bottles (176+ cases) for an estimated value of over 137,000€. With details of a further 150 bottles awaited.

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