We spent most of April in France, watching the vignerons confront some of the tensest moments of the growing season. Ironically, a warming climate enhances the dangers of Spring frost: it coaxes vines to push their shoots earlier, and that makes them more vulnerable to the frosts that always occur from time to time on April mornings. If you watched the videos posted during our trip, you saw pre-dawn forays into the vines, where the producers had assembled in the middle of the night to take defensive measures.
France’s vignerons are among the sentinels of our changing climate, with detailed records of growing seasons stretching back over decades and an acute sensitivity to regular small differences in the annual rhythms of the vineyard. After all, the appellation of origin rules and borders were developed through careful attention to what grew well, where, and at what elevations. Ask any French producer with thirty or so vintages under his belt and you’ll hear a similar story, whether you’re in Vacqueyras or Vosne. In Gigondas forty years ago, the harvest began at the end of September, and if the grapes were ripe enough to produce alcohol levels around 13% it was a noteworthy event. Now the harvest starts perhaps three weeks earlier, and the grapes readily produce alcohol levels pushing 15%. In the heart of Burgundy we have heard similar comments from some of our most experienced producers -- Michel Gros estimates that the average harvest date has moved by about three weeks over his more than forty vintages.
Though it is sobering to see such changes, it is impressive to watch the producers apply their skills and experience to adapt. Delaying the winter pruning, for example, can delay the time that the vines push shoots by a few days. Stirring the air closest to the ground to mix it with the air a yard or so above can gain a crucial degree at the one-foot height of the wire that holds the new “baguette,” the base for the shoots. Waiting a few extra days to tie the baguette down to the wire can also make a difference. And taking a page from the Chablisiens (who have generations of experience fighting frost), the vignerons of the Côte d’Or have begun to organize the burning of large candles in the riskiest areas and the burning of straw bales just before sunrise to create an artificial cloud as the first rays arrive. The greatest danger, it turns out, is from frost crystals acting like tiny magnifying glasses to burn the tender shoots.
As we release this offering, the frost season is over. We’re excited about the wines we tasted in France this Spring and delighted to offer this first group for advance order at discounted prices. There is Côte de Beaune red and white from the Domaine Thomas Morey, Côte de Nuits red from the Domaine Pierre Amiot, and a bit of Chambolle-Musigny from a new producer. From the Southern Rhône there is superb Chateauneuf du Pape from the Domaine André and Gigondas from an exciting new producer that also farms organically. From up the Rhône valley there is Cornas from the Domaine du Tunnel, and from the Loire valley there is Chenin and Cabernet Franc as well as a dry summertime rosé. There are also new finds from Bordeaux and a few encores from Burgundy. We hope that there will be something of interest to everyone. If there is, remember to submit your requests in case or half-case lots by the Order deadline of Sunday, May 19, 2019.
Morey St. Denis is in the heart of the Côte de Nuits, with five Grand Cru vineyards and an impressive list of premier crus. But it’s small -- only about a sixth the size of its neighbor to the north Gevrey-Chambertin -- and often overshadowed by Chambolle and Vosne, its celebrated neighbors to the south. Yet beautiful wines are made there. Our source, the Domaine Pierre Amiot, has a fine group of properties, both in Morey St. Denis and just across the border in Gevrey Chambertin.
The 2017 vintage will be an early drinking one up and down the Côte d’Or, and the Domaine Amiot is no exception. Our extended stay in the Côte d’Or this year meant that we had repeated opportunities to taste the vintage, so we say this with confidence. At the entry level, the Amiots’ Bourgogne 2017 is open and drinkable right now, so no patience will be necessary. The wine offers pleasant dark fruit in the nose and its excellent price-to-value relationship means that our allocation will sell out quickly. At the village level, we found the wines to be of medium body with a supple mouthfeel. We preferred the 2017 Gevrey-Chambertin over the village Morey, and it should drink well with a minimum of waiting. Look for dark brairy fruit and solid but approachable tannins.
The premier crus at the Domaine Amiot have many friends. They always offer a harmonious combination of dark fruit with an earthy, mineral line, and the 2017s are classic expressions of the terroir. Morey St. Denis 1er cru “Aux Charmes” lies along the Gevrey border -- in fact the Amiots’ vines are just across a small dirt road from the Grand Cru Charmes-Chambertin. Wine from Charmes is the earliest of the Amiot premier crus to drink well. We served magnums of the 2012 Charmes at dinners during our recent trip and found the wine completely mature and simply delicious. “Les Millandes,” just down the slope from the Grand Cru Clos de la Roche, has more structure than Charmes and needs a bit longer to come into own. We poured this wine from the slower-developing 2013 vintage at lunch during our visit, and found that it is drinking really well right now -- likely just coming into its peak period of drinkability. (In fact we’re including some if you’d like to pick it up.) The 2017 is likely to require considerably less patience than the 2013, which suggests that it may begin to show really well as early as next year.
“Les Ruchots” is the favorite premier cru of many Amiot fans. It lies on the Chambolle side of the village and captures some of the elegance for which that village’s wines are known. Though there’s enough structure to support aging, the tannins are very fine-grained and supple. Look for dark notes of cassis, combined with an elegant, lace-like minerality.
The Amiots’ last premier cru is not from Morey at all, but from Gevrey’s 1er cru “Combottes” vineyard. Combottes is surrounded on all sides by Grand Crus, and for years it was a small mystery why it was not elevated. Recent geological studies have shown that its soils are a little different from the grand crus to either side. But one thing is beyond question: the vineyard produces wine that bears real resemblance to the Grand Crus that surround it, and in most years it produces stunningly good wine. As Rajat Parr writes, “in warm, dry vintages… Combottes can be every bit as great as [the Grand Crus], with a grace and suppleness to accompany potent cherry fruit.” The 2017 is dense and mouthfilling, with a grand-cru-like persistence on the palate. It should be no surprise, therefore, that Combottes commands a price above that of the other premier crus and a bit below the price of a Grand Cru. It is always an excellent value.
Finally, of course, there is Clos de la Roche itself. Though the 2017 will be an early-drinking vintage, this wine will definitely need a few years in the cellar to round out and knit its elements. Allen Meadows (“Burghound”) noted spice along with “ultra-fresh aromas of dark currant, earth, leather and a whiff of toast.” (The Amiots use 50% new oak for the Grand Cru, 30% for the premier crus). He projected an ultimate score for the wine of 90 - 93.
When Bernard Morey retired after the 2006 vintage, he split his vineyard properties between his two sons Vincent and Thomas. Early on, we dealt with Vincent, who got more parcels with which we were familiar, but in recent years we have developed a particular admiration for the work of Thomas. His wines are exceptionally pure and precise reflections of their terroir. This level of precision doesn’t just happen, but results from a disciplined series of choices in the vineyard, the cuverie, and the cellars. He uses no more than 20% new oak, even for his top properties, and he neither fines nor filters his production.
Before showing us his 2017 Chassagne-Montrachet, Morey tasted us through barrel samples of four parcels from the 2018 vintage. The differences from barrel to barrel were very clear, some parcels showing a particular mineral line; others richer and rounder. Before bottling, Morey assembles these barrels into a single village level cuvée he feels represents Chassagne as a whole. We then tasted the 2017 in bottle, and could clearly see his thinking -- there is a lovely combination of fruit and minerals, and plenty of gras (“fat”) but no heaviness. The wine should integrate even more in the coming months and grace Sunday dinners for five years or more. Look for notes of pears, apples, and stones.
Chassagne-Montrachet 1er cru “Les Embrazées” 2017 offers an even more intense, longer lived wine of the same essential nature as the village Chassagne. The Embrazées vineyard is well located in the middle of the premier cru slope, but after the phylloxera disaster of the 1880s lay forested until Thomas Morey’s grandfather replanted vines there in the early 1960s. Today this wine shows beautiful concentration and richness, but with Morey’s signature lift. The nose shows beautiful yellow fruits and the faintest whisper of toast. (This wine also ages well -- during one of our tastings Thomas opened a 1985 Embrazées that was astonishing -- alive, fruit-filled, and lovely after more than thirty years resting quietly in the next room.)
Thomas Morey also makes a very fine Puligny-Montrachet 1er cru from the “Truffiere” vineyard. La Truffiere is up the slope, a neighbor to Champ Gain and Garenne. Puligny tends more toward refinement and elegance than do its neighbors Chassagne and Meursault on either side. Like most Puligny 1er crus, Truffière’s minerality is front and center, and so it requires a bit of time to integrate and show its best. But even at our tasting this wine was magnificent -- deep and alive with a concentrated chalky intensity under delicate white flowers. This should improve for another 5 years, and will probably show best after 3.
Finally, we have a tiny allocation of Morey’s Bâtard-Montrachet Grand Cru. This vineyard lies just down the slope from Montrachet. These wines are always rich, powerful, dense and ageworthy, and are priced accordingly. At our tasting this was extremely long and deep but reserved for now, as is often the case with Grand Crus. This will require time in the bottle to reach its potential -- we’d suggest six years minimum We’re permitting buyers to make Futures purchases of this wine in three-bottle lots, but our allocation is very small, and those who are interested should get their orders in promptly.
The world beats a path to Thomas Morey’s door for his whites, but he makes beautiful reds as well. We particularly liked two of his 2017 reds, one premier cru from Santenay and one premier cru from Beaune. Though Santenay is in the Côte de Beaune, its vineyards face more directly south than those of Chassagne and those to its north, and its wines are often darker in character -- think black cherries rather than red cherries. Morey’s Santenay 1er cru Grand Clos Roussot is particularly dark in complexion, and the fruit always reminds us of something from the Côte de Nuits. This wine begins with some youthful tannin, but, as those with the 2016 in their cellar will tell you, it smooths quickly into a delightful wine. Morey’s other red is from Beaune 1er cru “Les Grèves,” and shows more elegance and minerality than the Santenay. This is Côte de Beaune at its most precise and subtle -- bright red cherry fruits and a lively, energetic mouthfeel. What’s identical about these wines is their purity and precision -- they show their respective terroirs as well as any wines around.
For years we’ve searched for a source in Chambolle-Musigny. The town has both a stellar reputation and miniscule size (population 300), and so it hasn’t been easy. But last month we finally came upon the Domaine Boursot, a humble family of winemakers right in the heart of Chambolle.
The Boursots began making wine in Chambolle-Musigny in 1550, and for centuries they sold their entire production to the negociants of Beaune. In 1974 Remy Boursot began bottling on his own, and since the 2014 vintage his sons Romauld and Romaric (Roman/wolf connection unclear) are making the wines. We discovered the Boursots via Vinous’s Burgundy reviewer Neal Martin, who sees a “foundation for a promising future” and describes Boursot’s wines as “superb,” “excellent,” “very fine,” and “worth seeking out.” Martin has not yet reviewed the 2017s (included here), but we were very impressed and are pleased to add them to our lineup. The new generation has big plans and lots of energy -- we tasted in their sparkling new facilities just outside town (Chambolle is too small for any domaine expansion). These are clear, and careful expressions of exceptional terroir -- we invite you to join us in giving them a try.
Our first suggestion from Boursot is not a Chambolle at all, but rather a very well located Côte de Nuits-Villages. We we call it “well located” because it’s immediately on the other side of the wall from Chambolle royalty Frédy Mugnier’s famous Nuits-St-Georges 1er cru “Clos de la Maréchale” (see photo below). Boursot’s 2017 CDNV is an excellent entree to their gamme: the nose is dark and spicy, with classic Côte de Nuits cassis and hints of black pepper and toast. The mouth is punchy and juicy, with a crackling mouthfeel laid over lots of beefy extraction. If not matching the elegance of the Clos de la Maréchale, it’s loaded with character and at $31/bot costs far less than the $100 wine from the other side of the wall.
Boursot’s village level Chambolle-Musigny comes from Nazoires, a plot near the Vougeot border. The nose is unmistakably Chambolle -- silky and delicate, with notes of wild cherries, smoke, and violets. The mouth is silky and long, with fruit melting effortlessly into tannins. This should improve for 4-6 years, but will make lots of friends before then. Decant and let it come up to just below room temperature before serving. Burgundy author Bill Nanson called the 2017 “simply a beauty.”
Boursot has offered us two premier crus. The first, Chambolle 1er cru “Chatelots,” is from a small vineyard just next to the town. The vines sit in a creux (hollow) which traps heat during the summer and aides in ripening. Look for briary cherry and spice in the nose, with a touch of menthol. The mouth has lots of depth, and should improve for 6-8 years.
Finally Boursot’s top wine is Chambolle-Musigny 1er cru “Fuées,” which, along with Amoureuses, is considered somewhere between Premier Cru and Grand Cru quality. Located next to the famous Grand Cru “Bonnes Marres,” the vineyard produces wines showing what Allen Meadows MW calls “a touch of Morey-St-Denis wildness.” Boursot’s vines here are 75 years old, and Romaric told us demand is so strong that they can sell a barrel’s worth of grapes at harvest for the same price as a barrel of wine two years later. Fuées marries power and grace in a way that only Chambolle can. The nose is dark and brooding, with cassis, violets, and gingerbread. The mouth is huge and intense -- today it’s bold and impressive; in a few years it will be refined, elegant, ethereal, and smooth.
Jacqueline André makes classic Châteauneuf du Pape -- just a single cuvée of red and a single cuvée of white -- from some of the oldest vines in the appellation. Her 140 year-old vines are a gift from her grandfather, who decided in 1963 that chemicals were bad for the health of the vines. They have been farmed without chemicals ever since, and the domaine was certified organic in 1980 -- the first in the appellation. During our visit this year, Jacqueline had new evidence of the magic in old vines. There is a natural salt pond not far from her oldest vines, and last year a tunnel connected with long-abandoned efforts to commercialize the salt collapsed, exposing the soils to a depth of about 20 feet. The roots of her oldest vines could be seen all the way to the bottom. Ancient root systems like these gather the essence of the terroir and add unmistakable character to the wine in the bottle.
As you may have read, 2016 was a wonderful growing season in Chateauneuf du Pape. It was easy on the vignerons, a welcome respite after a series of vintages that tested their skills. The 2016 red from the Domaine André has just been released, and it lives up to our very high expectations. The nose is lovely and expressive, with deep, dark fruit. The wine fills the mouth beautifully, with plenty of tannins that are already silky. It is a vintage of “lace and elegance,” to quote Jacqueline. This is a big wine with the capacity to live for decades, but it is also a wine that will offer much pleasure in its early years. For this Futures offering, the wine is available in magnums as well as bottles.
As usual Jacqueline’s 2017 white Chateauneuf is also lovely -- a blend of Clairette, Bourboulenc, Roussanne and Grenache Blanc. It’s ripe and mouth filling with very nice persistence on the palate. There are orchard fruits, pear and white peach, with an overlay of something more tropical and some savory spices. This vintage shows a bit less acidity than the 2016 and should drink well from the start.
It’s always a good sign when we walk into the cuverie of a producer and find it so clean you could eat off the floor. At the Clos du Joncuas in April, that first impression proved entirely correct. This Gigondas domaine turns 100 years old next year, and they’ve practiced organic viticulture and winemaking, as they put it, “depuis toujours” (“since forever”). They have had the Ecocert “Bio” designation since 1989.
The Clos du Joncuas practices old-school winemaking at its best -- a leisurely vinification in cement vats (25 - 35 days), whole clusters, limited sulfur, all wild yeasts. They use no new oak, and neither fine nor filter. Their wines are juicy and deep and very expressive, with gorgeous fruit.
The Gigondas is 80% grenache (some from centenarian vines), with the rest Mourvèdre and Cinsault. To give us a sense of the domaine’s style, Dany Chastan showed us a vertical of Gigondas going back to 2011. Our notes are strikingly consistent: the wines were all beautifully balanced, with plenty of structure but no harshness. They were complete, complex and harmonious. In the older vintages the fruit persists, but joined by notes of cedar, mint, leather and spice.
For this Futures offering we have the Joncuas Gigondas 2016, a magnificent vintage in the Southern Rhône Valley. The fruit is clean and very pure, with a gorgeous silky texture and notes of violets, raspberry, garrigue, and spice. The Wine Advocate awarded 93 points, finding it “big and balanced,” “plush,” and “velvety and long.”
We’re also offering our first wine from Vacquéras, the neighboring town to the south of Gigondas. The Joncuas Vacquéras “Font de Papier” 2017 is from a similar mix of grape (Grenache predominates). It’s also vinified in cement tanks, but at cooler temperatures and for less time than the Gigondas. This makes for a bit less intensity, but also a wine that’s more approachable at the outset. It offers the same beautifully pure and ripe fruit, with plenty of licorice and spice to add interest. We thought Vinous’s Josh Raynolds got this wine just right with his description of the 2015 as he awarded it 93 points: “Juicy, seamless and precise on the palate, offering mineral-laced raspberry, lavender pastille and spicecake flavors that deepen and become sweeter with air.”
Last year we went from zero to two producers in the tiny appellation of Cornas (90 hectares), home to some of the world’s densest, longest-lived expressions of the Syrah grape. We’re happy with both producers, though our allocations are equally tiny, and we’re glad to have started seasoning some wine from both producers in our cellars. These wines drink best after a few years in bottle. With each year they add depth, subtlety, and gorgeous spice and texture.
Stéphane Robert’s Domaine du Tunnel owes part of its fame to its unusual barrel room -- an old railway tunnel that runs back into a hill in St. Péray. The tunnel was built for a railroad that failed in the 1930s, but its constant temperature and high humidity creates a wonderful place to raise wine. The Domaine’s 2017 Cornas is from 50 year-old vines vinified from about 30% whole clusters. It is inky and dense, with very dark fruit and peppery spice. The tannins are very fine-grained, promising elegance in five years or so, and the finish is impressively long. The Wine Advocate awarded 91-94 points, citing “violets and cassis,” and calling a “rich, velvety texture.”
If you are interested in even more intensity, consider the Domaine’s Cornas “Vin Noir,” made from 80-100 year old vines. This wine had only 10% whole clusters and if Tunnel’s regular Cornas will benefit from cellaring, this one will require it -- we’d suggest seven or eight years before it reveals its complexity. Wine Advocate gave 92-95 points, calling it “rich and concentrated,” and “long.”
The Loire Valley continues to be France’s Silicon Valley for winemaking innovation. Organic and biodynamic winemaking has become the standard, and the region’s vignerons strive for the purest and most honest interpretations of their terroir.
Last spring we discovered Nicolas Paget, a young winemaker making exceptional cuvées in the central Loire. His whites are chenin blanc in the style of Vouvray; his reds are Cabernet Francs from Chinon. The whites we brought in last year have already become popular among readers, and we’re excited to add two reds this year.
Everyone’s favorite Paget wine from last year was the “Melodie,” a delightful dry chenin blanc showing all of the charming characteristics of the varietal with no residual sugar. The 2018 Melodie is just as good as last year’s -- the nose shows notes of pear and white flowers, with a hint of smoky flintiness. The mouth is dry and very pleasant, with dry peach and a saline touch. Pour this as an aperitif for your guests on a late summer afternoon -- at under $15/bot it’s hard to think of a better sipping white for warm weather.
Paget’s Indr & Loire is less typical but no less delicious. It’s fermented dry like the Melodie, but then aged for two (!) years in old oak barrels. The wood allows the wine to relax and develop into something extraordinary, all without affecting the taste of the wine. The nose and mouth of this wine are a remarkable bait and switch. The nose is an exquisite collection of pineapple, honey, peach, and flowers -- from just a sniff you’d swear the wine would be sweet. But the mouth is perfectly dry: rich, smooth, and mouthfilling, with dried pineapple fruits and no residual sugar to speak of.
We add two reds to our Paget lineup this year -- both from Chinon, both pure Cabernet Franc. The first, the 2016 Chinon “Les 4 Ferrures,” is raised without oak, and shows beautiful, intense cabernet fruit. Look for notes of wild cherries, burnt earth, minerals, and licorice. The Guide Hachette awarded 2 stars, explaining that in blind tasting it “immediately seduced the jury,” with “charm” and “generosity.”
The second Chinon is called “Quinquenays,” also from 2016, but this time raised in barrel. This wine is a masterclass in restrained oak usage -- the nose shows toast and smoke but in perfect balance with dark raspberry fruits and graphite. The mouth is bold and intense, but filled in with mouthfilling depth and inky fruits. This is serious Chinon that will age with ease, but with a pepper steak and an hour in a carafe this will be a delight this summer.
Lovers of Bordeaux have watched prices for the best known properties spiral upward for years, fueled by demand from Asia and an “investment” ethos. As a result, most of them now sport distressingly high prices, often unmoored from the quality of the wine in the glass. Bordeaux, however, produces ten times the volume of Burgundy, and there is plenty of excellent wine available there. We have spent considerable time in recent years looking for well-made wines with more realistic prices, and have been pleased with what we’ve found -- among them a St. Estephe, some Cru Bourgeois, and some Lalande de Pomerol.
We tasted through another batch of Bordeaux samples on our recent trip to France, and found three that we think offer excellent value. From the left bank, we are pleased to find our first wine from the storied commune of Margaux, whose archetypal wines offer “delicacy” and “a sweet haunting perfume that can make it the most exquisite claret of all,” according to Hugh Johnson and Jancis Robinson. They, of course, were referring to the First Great Growth of that name, but we saw some echos of it in the Chateau Larrieu-Terrefort Margaux 2016. Like other wines from the neighborhood, this wine is Cabernet-Sauvignon dominant (70%). The wine has a real delicacy: the ripe black raspberry fruit resides in a pleasantly full mouth, but at 13.5% alcohol it would never be mistaken for some of our domestic cabernets with sledgehammer power. The nose offers floral notes of violet, almost syrah-like, that blend nicely with the oak in which the wine was raised.
Pomerol is a small commune on the right bank whose relatively tiny size conspires to keep prices high. Many readers know Christian Dauriac’s Chateau Clemence, and with good reason. But we thought Chateau Feytit-LaGrave Pomerol 2015 offers many of the same virtues at a much more modest price. At 80% Merlot (the rest is Cabernet Franc), the wine is very Pomerol: generous, rich, and round, with an attractive mouthfeel. The nose offers ripe dark fruit, cassis and blackberries. It opens steadily in the glass, and pleasant complexities emerge over the course of ten minutes or so. Pomerol fans are likely to make this wine a regular at their Sunday dinner tables.
Finally, we suggest a St. Emilion from the 2015 vintage. Chateau Bouquey St-Emilion Grand Cru is 60% Merlot, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 15% Cabernet Franc. It is lovely in the mouth -- plenty rich but not heavy, and with clean dark fruit. There’s enough supporting acidity to provide good balance. This is a wine that should drink well from the outset, with a friendly price to match.
Sometimes we come across an opportunity that doesn’t fit into our usual sequence of Futures offerings. We might discover a wine soon after we have completed a Futures offering from that producer, or perhaps we’ll happen across a wine that fills a temporary gap in our range. To take advantage of such serendipities we’re creating a new occasional Future category called “Encores.” Here are our first three ideas.
Many of you still lament the recent retirement of Francis Muré, not least because of the lively, delicious rosé that he made from Pinot Noir. We’ve just brought in our two other summertime rosés, but they’re unlikely to last the season. Happily our new friends at the Domaine des Sanzay in the Loire Valley included a bottle of rosé with a recent group of samples. Though it’s from Cabernet Franc rather than Pinot Noir, it’s just what the doctor ordered for those confronting the loss of Muré’s stellar rosé. The Sanzay rosé 2018 is terrific: dry, lively, and fresh, with just enough fruit to make the nose interesting and just enough structure to offer refreshment on a warm summer evening, whether you’re spending it on a deck in Maine or a rooftop in Philadelphia or Boston. This wine won’t be here for summer’s opening gun (we’ve got Malmont’s and Goubert’s to tide us over), but it should be in before the dog days of August. Serve it well chilled next to whatever you’re pulling off the grill or out of the picnic basket.
Our April visit to the Domaine des Varoilles yielded two surprises. First, we learned that the Domaine has begun producing a Bourgogne, and that there are a few bottles left from the 2015 vintage. This is Gevrey-like Bourgogne, a meaty wine with pleasant dark fruit from vines just across the RN-74 from the village. It has delicious dark fruit and substantial body. At under $30, it will offer excellent value.
Second, we discovered that in some years, Gilbert Hammel bottles some wine from his Gevrey-Chambertin premier cru monopole, the Clos des Varoilles, under a second label. The wine, called Gevrey-Chambertin 1er cru “Les Moiniales,” is the product of younger vines or those without quite the exposition required for inclusion in the Clos des Varoilles. We sampled the 2014 during our April tasting and thought it delicious right now: the wine has fully rounded out, showing a fine mineral line and lovely floral aromatics. This is real premier cru Gevrey that is very close to the 2014 Clos des Varoilles, yet it is offered for about two thirds the price. If you’re interested in drinking mature Gevrey premier cru at a village price, this wine is for you.
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