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

Thursday, 6 October 2011

1855: RVF reacts to flood of criticism but digs a deeper hole

Interesting to see that Denis Saverot, directeur de la redaction of RVF, reacted this evening to the barrage criticism that the Revue du Vins de France bench test on the best internet retailer has understandably provoked.

Unfortunately Monsieur Saverot has forgotten the first principle of how to deal with bad publicity – when in a hole stop digging.

Instead M. Saverot has made his extraordinary decision to promote 1855 as one of the RVF’s prize winning sites and one of the 'most reliable' which is even more inexplicable.

In his response Saverot points out that RVF has criticised and exposed the business practices of 1855 since December 2005 ‘nous avons été les premiers à mettre en doute son modèle économique’.

Also: ‘Comme l’a démontré notre collaborateur Jérôme Baudouin, l’argent des nouveaux clients de sert en réalité à acheter les vins commandés en primeurs dans les millésimes précédents…’ Baudouin describes a system perfected by Charles Ponzi back in the 1920s.

Knowing this shocking history how could a responsible and long established magazine such as Revue du Vins de France trumpet 1855 as among the 'most reliable' and 'best internet retail merchant sites'?

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