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#1001 Post by Mike Cohen » January 26th, 2017, 10:37 am

Brent C l a y t o n wrote:Ray Walker announces he will soon reveal his alternative facts explanation about Maison Ilan on Facebook.

"I will have open interviews coming up on the latest with MAISON ILAN. Also, I will be starting The Road to Burgundy's Follow Up today. Nothing will be left out, names included!

Folks have been given a few years to speak without facts regarding my personal and professional life without hearing my side of things. Well, since folks are interested, I'll be of help in shedding some light on ALL aspects of the wine world that I have experienced. This of course includes critics, importers, "brokers" and conflicts of interest. Really interesting stuff. Stay tuned!"
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#1003 Post by jcoley3 » January 26th, 2017, 11:36 am

Brent C l a y t o n wrote:Ray Walker announces he will soon reveal his alternative facts explanation about Maison Ilan on Facebook.

"I will have open interviews coming up on the latest with MAISON ILAN. Also, I will be starting The Road to Burgundy's Follow Up today. Nothing will be left out, names included!

Folks have been given a few years to speak without facts regarding my personal and professional life without hearing my side of things. Well, since folks are interested, I'll be of help in shedding some light on ALL aspects of the wine world that I have experienced. This of course includes critics, importers, "brokers" and conflicts of interest. Really interesting stuff. Stay tuned!"
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#1004 Post by EricG » January 26th, 2017, 11:50 am

Has anyone else seen Disney's Moana? I'm reminded of the character Heihei here for some reason...
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#1006 Post by Matt Fleming » January 26th, 2017, 12:06 pm

Brent C l a y t o n wrote:
" Also, I will be starting The Road to Burgundy's Follow Up today. Nothing will be left out, names included!

I'll be of help in shedding some light on ALL aspects of the wine world that I have experienced. This of course includes critics, importers, "brokers" and conflicts of interest. Really interesting stuff. Stay tuned!"
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#1007 Post by Tim Heaton » January 26th, 2017, 12:38 pm

I admit to being a fool sometimes. Ok, many times. You see, I tend to believe in the underdog, I tend to take people's word at face value, and I like happy endings flirtysmile

That said, Ray, if you're reading this, it's my opinion that the world does not need another book from you. Not now, maybe never; the never part depends on what you do during the 'now' part of the equation.

Instead of writing a book, try reflecting on what's transpired - and it's a lot. If you think you've reflected enough, start over and do it again. And again. Consider therapy. At some point you'll either want to write a book, or you'll humble yourself, find a mentor that's willing to give you a shot, and you can spend some years learning and formulating a plan that you feel you're capable of executing, given your (actual) strengths and weaknesses at that time.

Failure seems a natural part of success, so own the failure, embrace the failure, learn from the failure - let the failure humble you to your bones. Then bathe yourself in humility, repeatedly. If you don't, there really is NO chance for success.
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#1008 Post by Jorge Henriquez » January 26th, 2017, 12:42 pm

Tim, YOU just made Chapter 8 in this deliciously sordid little tell-all.

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#1009 Post by Wes Barton » January 26th, 2017, 12:52 pm

Chris Blum wrote:His lender suggested that he "miss a harvest"???

Why on earth would a lender suggest that his borrower just take a year off from his core business?
Because they don't want to lend him any more money? Maybe that would be on top of no growers willing to sell to him without being paid up front?
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#1010 Post by Bill Tex Landreth » January 26th, 2017, 12:53 pm

Jorge Henriquez wrote:Tim, YOU just made Chapter 8 in this deliciously sordid little tell-all.

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#1011 Post by Larry Kaplan » January 26th, 2017, 12:57 pm

Brent C l a y t o n wrote:Ray Walker announces he will soon reveal his alternative facts explanation about Maison Ilan on Facebook.

"I will have open interviews coming up on the latest with MAISON ILAN. Also, I will be starting The Road to Burgundy's Follow Up today. Nothing will be left out, names included!
Dose it have a working title of "The Road Out of Burgundy.....at night" Or "The Back Roads out of Burgundy"
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#1012 Post by Wes Barton » January 26th, 2017, 12:59 pm

Brent C l a y t o n wrote:Ray Walker announces he will soon reveal his alternative facts explanation about Maison Ilan on Facebook.

"I will have open interviews coming up on the latest with MAISON ILAN. Also, I will be starting The Road to Burgundy's Follow Up today. Nothing will be left out, names included!

Folks have been given a few years to speak without facts regarding my personal and professional life without hearing my side of things. Well, since folks are interested, I'll be of help in shedding some light on ALL aspects of the wine world that I have experienced. This of course includes critics, importers, "brokers" and conflicts of interest. Really interesting stuff. Stay tuned!"
Sounds like he's the one who'll need a good lawyer if he does that.
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#1013 Post by Jorge Henriquez » January 26th, 2017, 1:05 pm

He has the BEST lawyer. HUGE, terrific. Trust me, I know lawyers.

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#1014 Post by Marc Frontario » January 26th, 2017, 1:07 pm

Larry Kaplan wrote:
Brent C l a y t o n wrote:Ray Walker announces he will soon reveal his alternative facts explanation about Maison Ilan on Facebook.

"I will have open interviews coming up on the latest with MAISON ILAN. Also, I will be starting The Road to Burgundy's Follow Up today. Nothing will be left out, names included!
Dose it have a working title of "The Road Out of Burgundy.....at night" Or "The Back Roads out of Burgundy"
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#1015 Post by Rick Smith » January 29th, 2017, 10:04 am

Jorge Henriquez wrote:Tim, YOU just made Chapter 8 in this deliciously sordid little tell-all.

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#1016 Post by Randy Bowman » January 30th, 2017, 7:38 pm

Ray is back in business. Stand by for the release of the 2015s.

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#1017 Post by andy velebil » January 30th, 2017, 9:15 pm

Randy Bowman wrote:Ray is back in business. Stand by for the release of the 2015s.

In Beaune. Tasting the 2015s. Truly impressive. Some of the best I've tasted out of our cellar. #ProudPapa
No more Mac n Cheese for you. I assume you meant to quote Ray the "In Beaune...." part???
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#1018 Post by Randy Bowman » January 31st, 2017, 6:56 pm

andy velebil wrote:
Randy Bowman wrote:Ray is back in business. Stand by for the release of the 2015s.

In Beaune. Tasting the 2015s. Truly impressive. Some of the best I've tasted out of our cellar. #ProudPapa
No more Mac n Cheese for you. I assume you meant to quote Ray the "In Beaune...." part???
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#1019 Post by Siun o'Connell » February 6th, 2017, 7:39 pm

Anyone know the story of the two tweets that show up if you search for Maison Ilan? From a Thomas Largeron who seems to have no other twitter history. Curious.

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#1020 Post by Poppy Davis » February 6th, 2017, 8:08 pm

Siun o'Connell wrote:Anyone know the story of the two tweets that show up if you search for Maison Ilan? From a Thomas Largeron who seems to have no other twitter history. Curious.
Seems his business is logistics out of Dijon. Looks like Ray stiffed him.
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#1021 Post by Craig G » February 6th, 2017, 8:19 pm

Poppy Davis wrote:
Siun o'Connell wrote:Anyone know the story of the two tweets that show up if you search for Maison Ilan? From a Thomas Largeron who seems to have no other twitter history. Curious.
Seems his business is logistics out of Dijon. Looks like Ray stiffed him.
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#1022 Post by Steve Eisenhauer » February 6th, 2017, 8:34 pm

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#1023 Post by Jon Hesford » February 8th, 2017, 10:21 am

Scroll down until you see Maison Ilan

https://www.facebook.com/thomas.largero ... rs&qsefr=1

There is a link to this report which alleges he borrowed 100 000€ on a short term loan to pay AOC Imports for something.

https://www.doctrine.fr/d/CA/Dijon/2016 ... 6EEA3B7A73
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#1024 Post by Russ Williams » February 8th, 2017, 10:31 am

And the train wreck continues...
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#1025 Post by Mark Mason » February 8th, 2017, 1:07 pm

I opened up a 2011 Les Chaffots on Sunday, It was off and not very enjoyable. It seemed that it had suffered poor storage conditions, but not in my cellar.
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#1026 Post by Neal.Mollen » February 8th, 2017, 1:17 pm

Mark Mason wrote:I was off and not very enjoyable.
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#1027 Post by Robert.A.Jr. » February 8th, 2017, 1:22 pm

Neal.Mollen wrote:
Mark Mason wrote:I was off and not very enjoyable.
I think you're being to hard on yourself
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#1028 Post by Mark Mason » February 8th, 2017, 1:34 pm

Off was how I felt when I realized what I paid for that bottle.
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#1029 Post by Scott Brunson » February 8th, 2017, 2:05 pm

Jon Hesford wrote:Scroll down until you see Maison Ilan

https://www.facebook.com/thomas.largero ... rs&qsefr=1

There is a link to this report which alleges he borrowed 100 000€ on a short term loan to pay AOC Imports for something.

https://www.doctrine.fr/d/CA/Dijon/2016 ... 6EEA3B7A73
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#1030 Post by CWun » February 8th, 2017, 3:08 pm

Jon Hesford wrote:Scroll down until you see Maison Ilan

https://www.facebook.com/thomas.largero ... rs&qsefr=1

There is a link to this report which alleges he borrowed 100 000€ on a short term loan to pay AOC Imports for something.

https://www.doctrine.fr/d/CA/Dijon/2016 ... 6EEA3B7A73
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#1031 Post by Sean G Harden » February 9th, 2017, 7:44 am

Steep bill to transport wine to the US 90,000 EURO.

So it appears not only does he owe this Thomas Largeron 20,000 Euro, he owes Credit Agricole over 100,000 euro from over a year ago. at 8.5% interest, probably more now. The landlord is owed money. Wines have "allegedly" been impounded by the Dounes.

How does this man actually think he is going ship wines to America, let alone ever run a wine business again.

Anybody that still hasn't got 12's and those 13's and 14's and probably 15's will never be seen again! Unless he turns up as a sommelier at the White House this boy has long gone!

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#1032 Post by Peter Chiu » February 9th, 2017, 9:55 am

Sean G Harden wrote:Steep bill to transport wine to the US 90,000 EURO.

So it appears not only does he owe this Thomas Largeron 20,000 Euro, he owes Credit Agricole over 100,000 euro from over a year ago. at 8.5% interest, probably more now. The landlord is owed money. Wines have "allegedly" been impounded by the Dounes.

How does this man actually think he is going ship wines to America, let alone ever run a wine business again.

Anybody that still hasn't got 12's and those 13's and 14's and probably 15's will never be seen again! Unless he turns up as a sommelier at the White House this boy has long gone!

Besides the loan on 16.12.2011 No. 1642857 for 100,000 Euro for AOC Import and according to Court Document NO. 15/00721 - Cour d'appel de Dijon, there were other loans ( by Sarl Maison Ilan from Credit Agricole ) listed as follows : (a) on 16.08.2011 No. 1614003 for 5,500 Euro; (b) on 30.09.2011 No. 1625667 for 3169.4 Euro; (c) on 24.01.2013 No. 301142 for 17,000 Euro.

The Court document also indicated on 19.12.2013 the out-standing amounts of the above loans were as follows : (a) 3906.58 Euro for loan No. 1614003; (b) 2225.82 Euro for loan No. 1625667 and (c) 14,769.84 Euro for loan No. 301142.

One small observation: if Sarl Maison Ilan is 100% legally registered and owned by one person, the problem would be simple. It means the *other original investors* have nothing to worry about.

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#1033 Post by Sean G Harden » February 9th, 2017, 11:16 am

Peter Chiu wrote:
Sean G Harden wrote:Steep bill to transport wine to the US 90,000 EURO.

So it appears not only does he owe this Thomas Largeron 20,000 Euro, he owes Credit Agricole over 100,000 euro from over a year ago. at 8.5% interest, probably more now. The landlord is owed money. Wines have "allegedly" been impounded by the Dounes.

How does this man actually think he is going ship wines to America, let alone ever run a wine business again.

Anybody that still hasn't got 12's and those 13's and 14's and probably 15's will never be seen again! Unless he turns up as a sommelier at the White House this boy has long gone!

Besides the loan on 16.12.2011 No. 1642857 for 100,000 Euro for AOC Import and according to Court Document NO. 15/00721 - Cour d'appel de Dijon, there were other loans ( by Sarl Maison Ilan from Credit Agricole ) listed as follows : (a) on 16.08.2011 No. 1614003 for 5,500 Euro; (b) on 30.09.2011 No. 1625667 for 3169.4 Euro; (c) on 24.01.2013 No. 301142 for 17,000 Euro.

The Court document also indicated on 19.12.2013 the out-standing amounts of the above loans were as follows : (a) 3906.58 Euro for loan No. 1614003; (b) 2225.82 Euro for loan No. 1625667 and (c) 14,769.84 Euro for loan No. 301142.

One small observation: if Sarl Maison Ilan is 100% legally registered and owned by one person, the problem would be simple. It means the *other original investors* have nothing to worry about.
Well at least he's told one truth lol!

There was 79500 (approx) owing on the 100,000 loan. Hence him owing just over 100,000 taking into consideration overdraft, and other outstanding amounts.

As to the investors, haven't they lost their money aswell? No liability should ever be put on them as they are investors not directors/owners

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#1034 Post by Peter Chiu » February 9th, 2017, 11:44 am

Sean G Harden wrote:
Peter Chiu wrote:
Sean G Harden wrote:Steep bill to transport wine to the US 90,000 EURO.

So it appears not only does he owe this Thomas Largeron 20,000 Euro, he owes Credit Agricole over 100,000 euro from over a year ago. at 8.5% interest, probably more now. The landlord is owed money. Wines have "allegedly" been impounded by the Dounes.

How does this man actually think he is going ship wines to America, let alone ever run a wine business again.

Anybody that still hasn't got 12's and those 13's and 14's and probably 15's will never be seen again! Unless he turns up as a sommelier at the White House this boy has long gone!

Besides the loan on 16.12.2011 No. 1642857 for 100,000 Euro for AOC Import and according to Court Document NO. 15/00721 - Cour d'appel de Dijon, there were other loans ( by Sarl Maison Ilan from Credit Agricole ) listed as follows : (a) on 16.08.2011 No. 1614003 for 5,500 Euro; (b) on 30.09.2011 No. 1625667 for 3169.4 Euro; (c) on 24.01.2013 No. 301142 for 17,000 Euro.

The Court document also indicated on 19.12.2013 the out-standing amounts of the above loans were as follows : (a) 3906.58 Euro for loan No. 1614003; (b) 2225.82 Euro for loan No. 1625667 and (c) 14,769.84 Euro for loan No. 301142.

One small observation: if Sarl Maison Ilan is 100% legally registered and owned by one person, the problem would be simple. It means the *other original investors* have nothing to worry about.
Well at least he's told one truth lol!

There was 79500 (approx) owing on the 100,000 loan. Hence him owing just over 100,000 taking into consideration overdraft, and other outstanding amounts.

As to the investors, haven't they lost their money aswell? No liability should ever be put on them as they are investors not directors/owners

Merci.........and understand - just to confirm what Ray had said that he is the sole owner...

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#1035 Post by Wes Barton » February 9th, 2017, 5:13 pm

Interesting that he bought expensive cars over there.
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#1036 Post by NoahR » February 9th, 2017, 5:53 pm

TN: 2010 Maison Ilan MSD 1er cru les Monts Luisants:
PNP. There are some strangely high ratings for this on delectable. Dark salmon and translucent, almost trousseau-like in color. Nose of cranberry and orange peel with a bit of briar and a small amount of spice. Nice and light but maybe a bit foursquare. No real perfume. Lithe and amply acidic body with suave tannins. Modest finish. Would have guessed a village level Vosne.
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#1037 Post by John Ammons » February 9th, 2017, 8:51 pm

Wes Barton wrote:Interesting that he bought expensive cars over there.
The term par for the course comes to mind. What a saga.

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#1038 Post by todd waldmann » February 10th, 2017, 9:18 am

Maison Ilan and AOC Imports is a match made in heaven.
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#1039 Post by Larry Kaplan » February 10th, 2017, 9:24 am

Peter Chiu wrote:
Peter Chiu wrote:
Sean G Harden wrote:Steep bill to transport wine to the US 90,000 EURO.


Besides the loan on 16.12.2011 No. 1642857 for 100,000 Euro for AOC Import and according to Court Document NO. 15/00721 - Cour d'appel de Dijon, there were other loans ( by Sarl Maison Ilan from Credit Agricole ) listed as follows : (a) on 16.08.2011 No. 1614003 for 5,500 Euro; (b) on 30.09.2011 No. 1625667 for 3169.4 Euro; (c) on 24.01.2013 No. 301142 for 17,000 Euro.

The Court document also indicated on 19.12.2013 the out-standing amounts of the above loans were as follows : (a) 3906.58 Euro for loan No. 1614003; (b) 2225.82 Euro for loan No. 1625667 and (c) 14,769.84 Euro for loan No. 301142.

One small observation: if Sarl Maison Ilan is 100% legally registered and owned by one person, the problem would be simple. It means the *other original investors* have nothing to worry about.
Well at least he's told one truth lol!

There was 79500 (approx) owing on the 100,000 loan. Hence him owing just over 100,000 taking into consideration overdraft, and other outstanding amounts.

As to the investors, haven't they lost their money aswell? No liability should ever be put on them as they are investors not directors/owners

Merci.........and understand - just to confirm what Ray had said that he is the sole owner...
He has said that because there is a lawsuit pending from one of his investors as to ownership and income
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#1040 Post by Peter Chiu » February 10th, 2017, 6:41 pm

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One small observation: if Sarl Maison Ilan is 100% legally registered and owned by one person, the problem would be simple. It means the *other original investors* have nothing to worry about.
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Sorry my above statement caused confusion. What I am trying to say is : hopfully the * other original investors* were not registered as part-owner or director of Sarl Maison Ilan.

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#1041 Post by Randy Bowman » February 11th, 2017, 7:44 pm

Not sure if Ray eliminated his Facebook accounts or made them private, but it appears he doesn't want us knowing what he is up to. Anybody here get an invite or already following Ray and have access to his posts? Twitter still live but nothing since the 3rd.
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#1042 Post by Siun o'Connell » February 11th, 2017, 9:26 pm

Looks like its gone not just blocked

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#1043 Post by Poppy Davis » February 11th, 2017, 9:33 pm

Probably the smartest thing he's ever done.
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#1044 Post by Sean G Harden » February 11th, 2017, 11:58 pm

No he's doing a bit of blocking. The account is still live. I can see it my business FB account. Somebody recently posted up those court decisions on the account and he took them off. It's his only real link to the outside world where he can post his alternative facts.

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#1045 Post by billnanson » February 12th, 2017, 7:07 am

It seems that Mr Largeron's post is now gone - I wonder if he received a specially trademarked message from somebody?

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#1046 Post by Ian Sutton » February 12th, 2017, 9:19 am

billnanson wrote:It seems that Mr Largeron's post is now gone - I wonder if he received a specially trademarked message from somebody?

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#1047 Post by R. Smith » February 12th, 2017, 9:41 am

billnanson wrote:It seems that Mr Largeron's post is now gone - I wonder if he received a specially trademarked message from somebody?

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#1048 Post by Rick Smith » February 12th, 2017, 12:04 pm

Ian Sutton wrote:
billnanson wrote:It seems that Mr Largeron's post is now gone - I wonder if he received a specially trademarked message from somebody?

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#1049 Post by Ian Sutton » February 13th, 2017, 3:56 am

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#1050 Post by Jerry Hey » April 3rd, 2017, 9:08 am

I got an email today.....

A Response and Update from Maison ILAN
by Ray Walker
The past year has seen many obstacles for Maison Ilan. During this time there have been many changes in my personal life as well. Due to recent internet articles and accusations, I would like to see that my side of the story gets told. I was hoping to be able to have matters with my company cleared up months ago, but to my great dismay, this is not the case.

At present, nearly all of the Maison Ilan wines in inventory, in bottle or barrel, have been seized by French Customs. This has been an almost seven-month process wherein Customs has been involved with Maison Ilan due to an administrative error on my part. The issue was a seemingly minor mistake but it had a plethora of consequences. To be specific, the issue comes from my not personally providing to Customs the exact amount of wine that was made by Maison Ilan in 2013 through 2015.

Typically, the négociant (myself) along with the grape broker and vineyard owner would supply to Customs the exact amount of grapes that would be bought prior to harvest. This was done by all the players every year since I started making wine. This same number would also be confirmed during harvest. The next step is where problems arose. While the grape broker and vineyard owners supplied the amount of wine in liters produced by Maison Ilan in 2013-2015 once the wines went into barrel, I failed to follow up and deliver this information to Customs myself. This resulted in Customs alerting me in September 2016 of the administrative error. While I don’t wish to provide excuses, the reality is that this was a very tumultuous time in my life. I was doing my best to raise three children and juggle my collapsing marriage, all while trying to run a business on my own. In the span of four years, I quadrupled my wine production in my small garage. It was a gross error on my part to not hire more staff to help me administratively. The result was a company that was succeeding financially and publicly but was administratively disorganized. I had the constant feeling that I was struggling to stay on top of the production of the wine, administrative paperwork, sales, and customer service.

As a result of the missing paperwork, French customs froze the sale and movement of the wines in late September. At the time I thought this would be a very quick process to sort out. Nothing could have prepared me for how catastrophic this administrative error would be for my company and for my personal life. I have had to swallow my pride with the realization that my company’s reputation could be ruined from my lack of organization and foresight to hire other people. Maison Ilan has two teams of lawyers working with Customs to get this problem sorted out. As of now it seems that progress is being made in the right direction. I have struggled with the decision to write a post about this situation due to the inaccurate misinformation that has been posted on wine websites and blogs about my company. In the past, while attempting to be transparent about timeline projections, I have received resulting negative opinions when my expectations failed to be realized. This is why I hesitate to speak publicly without an exact date for wine delivery. I know that my clients deserve the truth, even if everything with this situation is not sorted out. Today I am responding to the best of my ability, given the information that has been provided to me.

Regarding the content of my wines, it should be noted that I never produced more wine than would be expected from quantitiy of grapes that I purchased. In fact, I was amongst the lowest producing winery in Burgundy, if not the lowest. Some have suggested that I never went to Burgundy, didn’t make my own wines, and that the grapes themselves were not from Burgundy. This accusation is completely incorrect and is an example of how gossip and internet trolls will reach to any lengths to bring down a targeted business. Photos, videos, and the testimonies of visitors and volunteers make this an obviously false claim to anyone with an unbiased view. From the beginning, I was quite transparent about every single aspect of the winery in my blog and through social media. I documented grape harvesting and bottling etc. because I thought it would be a great way for people to have a behind the scenes look at a winery. Providing this glimpse into the inner workings of my winery was never done for the purposes of proof, but today it does a great job of debunking these false claims.

During this past year, there has been an unprecedented interest in my personal life which is not connected to Maison Ilan. When I decided to do television interviews and write a book about my life, I knew I was opening myself up to a certain level of scrutiny. I never imagined, however, that my life’s work as well, as my family would be the target of such malicious gossip and rumors. To say that this damage to my reputation has been difficult, would be a huge understatement. This year alone, I have been called a fraud, hustler, thug, and creator of a Ponzi scheme. At first, I let these false and baseless accusations roll off my back. But when I started getting attacked for my role as a father, I knew that I had to speak out. In regards to the accusations of domestic violence, I would like to clear up as much as I can while also protecting my children’s privacy. My ex-wife and I were involved in a minor altercation while living in a “no-tolerance county”. This means that any visit by the police concerning a possible domestic violence situation automatically results in at least one person that is involved going to jail. Once a judge looked at the details of what had occurred between us, the case was expunged, deleted, and it is no longer a public record.

I would like to make clear the status of Maison Ilan. I am still the sole owner of the company. I have contracted with a local company that will house all of the wines, handle paperwork, and perform the bottling and shipping. Lawyers will continue negotiating with Customs regarding the full release of the wines throughout the process of relocating to our new business address. Despite all of the accusations, there is no great scandal. I made a tremendous error in the company’s paperwork, and it had an extremely damaging effect for the delivery of the wines.

To those that are still waiting for their wines, I wish to sincerely apologize to you. I have recently tasted the wines in the past month with two other winemakers. The quality is still very good. I understand that you put your faith in me by purchasing my wines in advance. To have negatively impacted this trust is something that I am deeply sorry for. Every effort will be made to make this right for you. I will continue to do all that is possible to ensure Customs releases the wines and that you are made whole. Updates on the status of the current wine deliveries will be provided to everyone as they are available.

Thank you.

Sincerely,

Ray Walker

MAISON ILAN

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