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

2012: International Wine Challenge – Personality of the Year Award

Tuesday, 10 April 2012

Fabien Hyon (1855 + ChateauOnline) promises but doesn't deliver

2008 en primeur: 2 cases of Les Forts de Latour and 3 cases of Latour not delivered by Chateauonline  

2008 en primeur: 3 cases of Carruades de Lafite not delivered by Chateauonline   

I was contacted today by RV, a Bordeaux en primeur client of ChateauOnline. Over the years RV bought en primeurs regularly from ChateauOnline and, although there were some problems over bottles being broken in transit, the wine ordered did arrive. 

RV's experience to date with the 2008s, now that ChateauOnline is part of 1855, has been less than reassuring. Some of RV's substantial order of 2008s, including  Mouton-Rothschild and Lafite, was delivered back in August 2011. There are still 14 cases outstanding, amongst them some First Growths. 

Back in February Fabien Hyon promised by email that the remaining wines would be delivered rapidly – since then not a squeak from Hyon and no wine either. (See emails below.)

Email received from RV (10th April 2012):       

Hello Jim,

Great to find your blogs on internet with regards to Fabien Hyon and 1855. I for myself bought a number of primeur 2008 with ChateauOnline whom I recently found out Fabien Hyon is also managing director. 

Following a number of unanswered emails and phone messages to Chateau Online, I did some research to find the MD and found it was Fabien Hyon so emailed him (21/2/12) about my missing wines (24 Calon Ségur, 36 Carruades de Lafite, 24 Les Forts de Latour, 24 Haut Brion, 24 Mission Haut Brion, 24 Clarence Haut Brion and 36 Latour!) and he did at least reply see below....but since that message nothing and he no longer replies to any of my's outrageous. Do you know of any lawyer in Paris who has managed to receive financial compensation for the present value of their wines and all the stress that this is causing? 

Kind Regards,

My advice to RV? Hire a lawyer without further delay. See here

Email from Fabien Hyon (February 2012) with promise of 'votre livraison rapidement'


Merci de votre message. Pour être clair :
- Il s'agit du premier message que je reçois de votre part,
- Nous allons organiser votre livraison rapidement, en effet sur CALAIS, les expéditions vers le Royaume Uni étant plus délicates en ce moment,
- Je ne peux vous empêcher d'aller écrire ce qu'il vous plaît sur des forums, mais je vous assure que cela n'accélère en rien les livraisons.

Je fais donc un point avec notre équipe et reviens vers vous sur une date sous quelques jours,

Salutations distinguées,


Fabien Hyon
Directeur Général


Email from RV to Fabien Hyon, MD of 1855 group
Le 21 févr. 2012 à 11:41, RV a écrit :

Cher Monsieur,

Je vous email car il me manque toujours les vins listes ci dessous de la campagne primeur 2008 et aussi car je suis tres frustre que l'on ni Triona ou Mme Guinehut repondent a mes derniers emails. Comme on me dit depuis des mois que vous avez des delais avec les papiers de douane pour faire livere les vins en Angleterre J'ai sugere que vous m'envoyez mes vins a Calais et je viendrais les chercher. Pourquoi ne me repondez vous pas a mon mail? C'est simple, il vous suffit de m'envoyer la facture de TVA, je regle et je vous donne l'address de livraison. 

Veuilliez au moins avoir la correction me me repondre sinon la seule alternative qu'il me reste c'est rechercher par l'internet d'autres clients dans la meme situation que moi (par example des sites comme et de partager ma frustration avec eux.

Veuilliez agreer Monsieur mes salutations distinguees


1855 share price
After thin trading today on the French Bourse shares in 1855 closed down at 0.06 cents down on last week's close of 0.07. At the beginning of 2012 the shares opened at 0.06 and then gradually rose until about a month go they briefly hit 0.10. Since then it has been back downhill confirming their junk bond status.


Which of these two 'gentlemen' is Fabien Hyon? 





c) I can't tell the difference!


Luc Charlier said...

Jim, it seems quite PONZIble to me there’s no difference !

Phil Myers said...

I am still waiting for my 2008 case, this was the only response to weekly emails from spring 2011 when they were due

On 20/02/2012 10:27, ServiceClients wrote:
Dear Sir,

We are truly sorry for our late reply.
Your wines are in our warehouse. Unfortunately we do not deliver anymore in the UK. Is it possible for you to give an adress in France, Germany, Belgium, Italy, Spain, Luxemburg, or Netherlands ?
Otherwise we are waiting authorization to ship again to the UK, which we should have within a few months.

Thank you very much.

Kind regards,

Le service clients ChateauOnline

Anonymous said...

I still wait for my 2005 and 2006 primeurs from I have tried to cancel the purchase many times but I get no answer from them.