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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, 28 November 2011

1855: 2008 en primeur delayed until 2012 + bad tax news for Jean-Pierre Meyers

Château Lynch-Bages (Pauillac)

Below: a message received by a client of 1855 from Matthieu Ortalda. Looks like some 2008s won't be delivered until the 'beginning' of 2012. Remember that these were originally promised for June 2011 and then this was delayed until the end of this year. Remember also that Fabien Hyon, now CEO of the 1855 group, claimed that all the 2008s had been bought en primeur and that 1855 does not practise la vente à decouverte (doesn't short trade).    

Dear sir,
Thank you for your message.
your wines will be delivered by the end of the year, beginning of January We are currently making up for important supplying delays.

We are doing our best to deliver the wines as soon as possible.

You will be notified by email when your wines are shipped.
We sincerely apologise for the delays.
We remain at your disposal.
Best regards,
Matthieu Ortalda

Chargé de Relation Client

What is the betting that Matthieu 'how does he manage to keep a straight face?' Ortalda will send the following message to this client in early January:

'your wines will be delivered by the end of January, beginning of February. We are currently making up for important supplying delays.

We are doing our best to deliver the wines as soon as possible.'

Jean-Pierre Meyers gets tax bill for 2.5m €
A news flash from Le Figaro late yesterday afternoon reported that Jean-Pierre Meyers has received a tax demand from the French tax authorities for 2.5 million euros. It would appear that Le Fisc believe that Meyers actual salary and those of his employees is much higher than has been claimed. Le Figaro:
'Le fisc réclame 2,5 millions d'euros de redressement fiscal au gendre de Liliane Bettencourt, Jean-Pierre Meyers, estimant que son salaire au sein de la holding familiale Téthys ne se justifie pas, écrit le JDD dimanche. Interrogé par l'AFP sur le cas de Jean-Pierre Meyers, le ministère du Budget n'a pas souhaité faire de commentaire.'
This has not been a good week for the Bettencourts and Jean-Pierre Meyers as le Figaro reported on 23rd November that Le Fisc is claiming more than 77 million euros from Lillian Bettencourt, Meyers' mother-in-law, for 100 million euros found in bank accounts in Switzerland and Singapore. 
What a delicious irony that the 1855 scam may been kept afloat by money that should have been paid to the French tax authorities!  


'Management' and leading shareholder of 1855 

Emeric Sauty de Chalon and Fabien Hyon are the senior 'management' team of 1855 (, 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. 

1855 is a probationary member of La Fevad.


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