Gros Plant du Pays Nantais

Gros Plant is a white wine made in the Loire valley. Its full name is Gros Plant du Pays Nantais and, as the name suggests, it is made in wine growing regions around the city of Nantes. The Gros Plant wine growing region is almost analogous with the Muscadet wine appellation and most Gros Plant is made by Muscadet producers. Until recently I had not realised that Gros Plant is the local name for the Folle Blanche grape variety. Most people will be more familiar with Folle Blanche as one of the traditional grape varieties in both the Cognac and Armagnac regions where it was a key component of Cognac and Armagnac brandies (although Baco blanc is now the preferred grape variety in these regions).

The name Gros Plant (which basically means “Big Vine” in French) can be traced back to 1732 in the Loire region. It had been introduced from the Loire down to Gascony (the Armagnac region) by Dutch wine merchants who used it in Eau de Vie production.

Gros Plant du Pays Nantais is a very dry, mineral and tart wine with high levels of acidity that is a traditional match with shellfish and oysters in particular. Most Gros Plant is a fairly basic wine but some producers also make a Sur Lie version and this period of ageing in the lees adds more flavour, texture and complexity to the wine. At Fareham Wine Cellar we supply Gros Plant du Pays Nantais Sur Lie from producer Domaine Henri Poiron.

Domaine Henri Poiron is a small family run wine estate located in the village of La Chapelle Huelin near Nantes who makes various different types of Muscadet and Vin de Pays du Jardin de la France.  The estate is run along the principals of Terra Vitis which is basically to respect nature as much as possible and to use sustainable winemaking.

Gros Plant du Pays Nantais Sur Lie, Domaine Henri Poiron

Gros Plant du Pays Nantais Sur Lie Henri PoironTasting Notes: Very light coloured wine, aged Sur Lie to preserve its youthfulness and give extra suppleness. A very pale, light straw, yellow colour. There are fruity, floral and mineral notes which lead to the citrus, lemony palate with good, crisp acidity.

Most of this wine is consumed locally and on the domestic market although it is really worth tracking down if you are looking for a great wine to match with oysters.

See Domaine Henri Poiron’s other wines here.

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New Wine Course In Hampshire

World of Wines Wine Course in Fareham, Hampshire

Daria Kenefeck who works, mainly in the office, at Fareham Wine Cellar has taught wine appreciation courses in the local area for a number of years. 2014 sees a change of venue for Daria’s wine class to Lysses House Hotel at 51 High Street in Fareham – that is just three doors down from Fareham Wine Cellar where we hold our portfolio wine tastings – there is one this year!

There are usually three wine courses per year running roughly during school term times on a Thursday evening. The wine course normally involves some wine education followed by a tasting, there are also various themed evenings, the occasional blind tasting and some guest speakers.

Please note you will need to take at least 5 wine tasting glasses and writing implements.

The first wine course starts on Thursday 9th January 2014 and places are limited, so please respond ASAP. Best method of contact is to telephone me or Daria 01329 822733.

2014 Wine Tasting Classes At Lysses House Hotel

with Daria Kenefeck

Here is all the information I have from Daria,

I have now managed to finalise the details for the wine classes for the forthcoming year to be held at Lysses House Hotel in Fareham.
Lysses House Hotel
51 High Street
Fareham
Hampshire
PO16 7BQ
There is a car park behind the hotel, and should this be full for any reason, there is a public car park opposite which is free after 6.00 pm.

The room we are using is on the first floor, but there is a lift available.

If we can get a minimum of 15 people to sign up for the courses, I am able to keep the cost down to £7.00 per night (as opposed to £9.50 at St Vincent College, the previous venue) plus £6.00 per night for the wines.


World of Wines – Spring Wine Course 2014

The Spring course will run for 12 weeks, starting Thursday 9th January 2014 from 7.00 to 9.00 pm.There will be a break on 13th March, which means that we will have 9 classes before this date and 3 classes after this date.  The last date for this course will be 3rd April.

The cost for this course, code LHSP1412, will be £84.00 plus £72.00 for the wines.

There will then be a four week break.


World of Wines – Summer Wine Course 2014

The Summer course will run for 4 weeks, starting Thursday 8th May 2014 finishing on Thursday 29th May 2014.

The cost for this course, code LHSU144, will be £28.00 plus £24.00 for the wines.

We will then break till September.


World of Wines – Autumn Wine Course 2014

The Autumn course will run for 12 weeks starting on 11th September, finishing on Thursday 4th December 2014, with a break on 30th October.

Payment for the courses will become due on the first evening of each course and can be made via a bank transfer.

 

Payment for the wines can be made at the same time.  I am sorry but I will have to ask for the wine money for the complete wine course whether you attend all the classes or not, otherwise I am not able to budget across the course.  This is no different to the system we had at St Vincent.

You will need to bring a minimum of 5 glasses plus writing implements, as before.

I will need confirmation of attendance on the first course by Monday 6th January 2014.  This can be done via e-mail daria@farehamwinecellar.co.uk or telephone 01329 822733
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Torres Wine Dinner with Cristina Torres

Torres Wine Dinner with Cristina Torres

At Lysses House Hotel, Fareham, Hampshire

We were lucky enough to have Cristina Torres, niece of Miguel Torres and daughter of Marimar Torres, visit and host a Torres Wine Dinner for us at Lysses House Hotel in Fareham, High Street on Wednesday 9th October 2013. A big thank you to Cristina Torres and to Dominic Thranum from John E Fells for helping us to organise the event.

Please find a few photographs from the event and some of my brief tasting notes.

To see the full menu and wines served please visit this blog post.

The wines all showed very well on the evening, with my particular favourites being the Marimar Torres Don Miguel Pinot Noir and the Torres Gran Coronas Cabernet Sauvignon – it was interesting to hear Cristina describe this as a “baby” Mas La Plana, I hadn’t thought about it in those terms before, but I suppose it could be. The Torres Cordillera Carignan was very good too, you can read about this at my recent blog post.

It was also interesting to hear that all of the Miguel Torres Chile Wines are not only organic, but biodynamic, since 2010 – although there is no mention of this on any labels!

I think the most popular wine on the evening, in terms of what people ordered was the Torres Santa Digna Estelado Sparkling Rosé, apparently the only sparkling wine made from the Pais grape variety.

Some selected tasting notes on Torres wines

Marimar Torres La Masia Don Miguel Pinot Noir 2008, Russian River

Bright, ripe, red fruit on the nose with key aromas of cherry and strawberry jam. There are also hints of white pepper. The palate is soft and packed with more strawberry and a little vanilla. Good, sweet, round finish. It matched quite well with the pressed duck confit terrine, but not quite as well as the La Masia Don Miguel Chardonnay.

Torres Gran Coronas Cabernet Sauvignon 2008, Penedes

Good dark red / black colour. Lots of dark, smoky blackcurrant fruit on the nose, hints of blackcurrant jam or confit. Quite a dark and brooding wine with a good firm, tannic backbone. Very good. Great for the money too.

Marimar Torres Las Masia Don Miguel Chardonnay 2009, Russian River

Marimar Torres La Masia Don Miguel Chardonnay

 

Clear, light golden colour. Quite a smokey oak nose with hints of peach and creamy buttery notes. The palate is quite viscous and has good mouthfeel with more rich buttery, perhaps butterscotch notes on the palate. It has good acidity and some nice minerality that means it is not too overpowering on the finish.

Miguel Torres Chile Nectaria Vendimia Tardia, Valle de Curico

100% Riesling. Slightly waxy / polish nose, typical of Riesling but with sweet honeyed, nutty characteristics. Hints of bergamot / Earl Gray – I always get this with Chilean dessert wines, but I think I am on my own! Lots of pineapple on the palate, good acidity and not quite as sweet as I was expecting.

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Torres Wine Dinner with Cristina Torres

Torres Wine Dinner with Cristina Torres at Lysses House Hotel

On Wednesday 9th October 2013 we have another wine dinner, this time with Torres Wine at Lysses House Hotel, with Cristina Torres. Cristina Torres is the daughter of Marimar Torres, who founded the Californian Estate and niece of President and CEO Miguel A. Torres and will be presenting wines from Spain, Torres Chile and her mother’s wine estate, Marimar Torres, in California. There will be a pre-dinner wine tasting followed by a four course dinner with wine matched to each course.

If you wish to attend please book your places directly with the reception at Lysses House Hotel on 01329 822622. Lysses House Hotel is located three doors down from Fareham Wine Cellar in Fareham High Street (Map Link)

Please find more information about which Torres wine we will be showing, the menu and a bit more about Cristina Torres below.

Torres Wine Dinner at Lysses House Hotel

Wednesday 9th October 2013

Prompt Start at 7.30pm

Pre-Dinner Wine Tasting

Miguel Torres Chile Santa Digna Estelado Sparkling Rose, Maule ValleyTorres Cordillera Carignan

Torres Fransola Sauvignon Blanc, DO Penedes, Spain

Marimar Torres Don Miguel Vineyard Chardonnay, Russian River Valley, California

Miguel Torres Cordillera Carignan Special Reserve, Maule Valley

*****

Dinner Menu and Wines

Pressed confit of duck terrine served with toasted brioche

Marimar Torres Don Miguel Pinot Noir Vineyard, Russian River Valley, California

*****

Torres Celeste Ribera del DueroLamb rump, roasted until pink, set on a celeriac and potato mash with a mix broad beans, peas and French beans finished with a rich red wine sauce

Torres Celeste Crianza, DO Ribera del Duero, Spain

*****

A selection of English cheese

Torres Gran Coronas Reserva, DO Penedes, Spain

*****

A dark chocolate and caramel tart served with a raspberry sauce

Miguel Torres Chile Nectaria Vendimia Tardia (Late Harvest) Riesling

*****

Coffee and Petit fours

*****

Marimar Torres Estate Don Miguel Chardonnay Russian River

Marimar Torres Estate Don Miguel Chardonnay Russian River

Cristina Torres is the only daughter of Marimar Torres, who founded the Californian Estate and niece of President and CEO Miguel A. Torres, and has inherited the family love of vineyard and wines. Cristina has a degree in economics from Princeton University, has studied at the University of Melbourne and has gained valuable wine industry experience working at Champagne Pol Roger and Miguel Torres Chile. Cristina has worked as the Brand Ambassador for Marimar Estate receiving visitors and clients, coordinating and planning Club Marimar events, strategizing the marketing of wine distribution in collaboration with sales teams and promoting the wines throughout the United States. Cristina is currently spending some time working with John E Fells, Torres’ UK agents, to learn about the UK wine trade and to continue spreading the word about Torres wine, and Marimar Torres wines in particular.

For more information on the Torres family wines please visit,

www.torres.es
www.torreschile.com
www.marimarestate.com

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Wallington Village Wine Tasting October 2013

Wallington Village Wine Tasting

Wines for Christmas

Presented by Fareham Wine Cellar

 At Wallington Village Hall

Satruday 12th October 2013

7.30pm Start

Tickets £12.00

We will be showing a selection of wines (maybe a Port as well) with a focus on wines that will be great for Christmas. There will also be a short wine-based quiz and WVCA will provide a small selection of cheeses to go with the wines.

Tickets are available from WVCA Committee members

Phil Durant 01329 233589 (Organiser)
Alan Bloxham 01329 510304
Mike Blythe 01329 232630
David Walton 01329 238948

If you are wondering where Wallington Village is located, it can be found in the large car park opposite Staples and Sainsbury’s, Broadcut, Fareham. The postcode is PO16 8ST.

Map Link

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Zuidam Dutch Courage Dry Gin

Zuidam Dutch Courage Dry Gin

See Fareham Wine Cellar’s Gin Selection Here

Zuidam are one of the top producers of Gin, Genever and liqueurs in the Netherlands. They are also the only Genever producer that mill all their grains in the traditional method in windmills. Milling by windmill means that there is amost no increase in the temperature of the grain during milling which thus helps preserve the wonderful aromas of the Gin.

Zuidam Dry Gin is their take on a Gin rather than a Genever and they have been steadily changing the packaging. When I first came across their dry gin it was presented in a very modern looking bottle which, quite frankly, looked like a a whole host of other modern gins – this is the bottle on the left below. Then, some time last year the Zuidam Dry Gin arrived in much more traditional packaging in a bottle like the Zuidam Genever. I think this was a definite improvement – it harked back to the roots of Gin from Genever, looked more traditional and definitely stood out amongst other gins on the shelf. This is the bottle on the right below.

And finally, this month, I had a surprise when the newest Zuidam Dry Gin arrived!

Zuidam Dutch Courage Dry Gin

Zuidam Dutch Courage Dry Gin

I have to say I like this. We all know the term Dutch Courage, it is derived from English soldiers fighting in the Thirty Years War in the 17th century who would swore by the warming properties of Gin on the body in cold weather. Apparently them named the drink Dutch Courage. So, not only does the label have historical Dutch connections but a quirky name on the bottle also helps to give a good selling point.

Zuidam Gin Botanicals

Packaging aside, Zuidam Dry Gin is a great small batch Gin. The botanicals used are Italian juniper berries & iris root, Morroccan coriander, angelica root, Spanish oranges & lemons, vanilla from Madagascar, Indian liquorce root and cardamom pods from Ceylon. The gin is aged for 3 months prior to bottling. It is a very clean, fresh gin with citrus and earthy juniper and hints of spice and vanilla. A great Gin for a Martini!!

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The Teeling Whiskey Company

The Teeling Whiskey Company

The Teeling Whiskey Company is a new independent Irish whiskey company. Ever since Cooley Distillery was acquired by American spirits compant Beam Inc. there has been a big hole in the Irish Whiskey landscape for a good independent Whiskey brand. Irish whiskey is fastest growing spirits category in the world but a lot of Irish whiskies don’t offer much choice in terms of styles or flavours. The Teeling Whiskey Company intend to change this by producing small batch whiskeys with great personality and character compared to the mass-market brands.

The Teeling Whiskey Company was founded in 2012 by Jack Teeling whose father, John, had founded the Cooley Distillery in 1987 (the first Irish whiskey distillery lauched in Ireland in over 100 years). Jack Teeling, whose family can trace their Irish whiskey heritage back to 1782, has just released Teeling Irish Whiskey which is a small batch bottling of hand selected casks of grain and malt whiskey matured in old rum barrels. The Teeling Whiskey Company’s whiskey is currently distilled by Cooley Distillery but Teeling apparently in the advanced stages of a feasablilty study to create their own distillery in Dublin where Walter Teeling opened a distillery in Marrowbone Lane in the Liberties over 230 years ago. This would mean that they would be able to make the break from being whiskey bottlers to becoming whiskey producers. Jack Teeling is ably assisted by former Cooley whiskey maker Alex Chasko, who was also Innovation Manager, who brings new ideas such as finishing the whiskey in rum casks.

There are currently three products produced – Teeling Whiskey, a Scotch and Irish Hybrid Malt Whiskey and Poitin (or Poteen). For more information on Teeling Poitin please read my blog post here.

Teeling Whiskey

Teeling Whiskey is a small batch blend of Malt and Grain whiskey with a higher than normal composition of first fill bourbon barrels and higher than usual ratio of malt to grain. The whiskey is finished in ex-Rum barrels that are sourced directly from the Nicaraguan Flor de Cana rum distillery. The blend is aged for 4 months in the rum barrels which bring an extra sweet and smooth flavour to the blend whilst retaining the unique taste of Irish Whiskey. It is bottled at 46% ABV without colouring or chill filtration to preserve mouthfeel and flavour.

Teeling Whiskey Company Irish Whiskey

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Borsao Garnacha

Borsao Garnacha 2011

I have always been a fan of wines from Bodegas Borsao from the Spanish wine-growing region of Campo de Borja eversince we used to sell one of their wines in the 1990s which Robert Parker rated around 95 points, which was pretty unheard of for a wine costing around £5 a bottle. We have just taken delivery of a new (to us) wine the Borsao Garnacha 2011.

Bodegas Borsao is really a co-operative of of co-operatives! Established in 2001, it is a collection of the three of the most progressive co-operative cellars in the Campo de Borja wine-growing region. Grapes come from 620 member growers covering 2,500 hectares, nearly a third of the region’s total.

Bodegas Borsao LocationBodegas Borsao Garnacha

The Denominacion de Origen of Campo de Borja is located in the north west of the  Zaragoza province of Aragon, Spain. It is located between the Ebro Valley and the Iberian system of moutain ranges. The whole region is dominated by the Moncayo mountain which gives the area it own microclimate. The vineyards lie in the foothills of the Moncayao mountain and the region is characterised by having an arid climate with hot, dry days and cool nights – conditions in which Garnacha thrives.

Borsao Garnache Tasting Notes

Currently on sale at less than £6 a bottle, this is a great value red wine. The nose has typical Grenache-y aromas with juicy, bramble, cherry and white pepper spiciness. The palate is soft and giving with good acidity and more subtle spiciness. If this was summertime I would say it would be an ideal barbeque wine, as it is February and freezing perhaps try it with a some banger and mash (preferbably Hampshire Herby bought from Phil’s Sausages!).

And if you like Grenache you must try the top wine from Borsao, the Tres Picos.

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Trapiche Malbec Single Vineyard 2009

Trapiche 2009 Single Vineyard Malbec – Pre-order

As you may know, each year top Argentinian wine producer, Trapiche chooses three different Single Vineyard Malbecs, from three different growers to represent the best Trapiche Malbec from a particular vintage. It is a great accolade for the growers to be chosen for this honour.

Daniel Pi, Trapiche’s Head Winemaker, and his winemaking team have led the unification of vineyard management and winemaking at Trapiche, and are now recognised as one of the Malbec specialists of Argentina. Each single vineyard is located in different areas in Mendoza and at different altitudes, this variation in terroir leads to three markedly different Trapiche Malbec wines.

This year the Trapiche Malbec growers chosen for this privilege in 2009 are Vina Domingo F Sarmiento, Vina Jorge Miralles and Vina Finca Suarez Lastra (the first time this vineyard has been chosen)

These are available by the bottle and also packed in unmixed wooden boxes of 6 bottles.

This is the first tranche of the Trapiche Malbec 2009s released in the UK and they are in very limited quantities, if you would like any, I would suggest that you should get in quick!

If you wish to place an order please telephone 01329 822733.

Please find details and prices of wines below.

Housekeeping – New Website

We are getting very close to launching our new E-commerce website. You can currently see it and order online from it at www.farehamwinedirect.co.uk. Please feel free to have a look around, even place an order. What is most important to us at the moment, though, is any constructive criticism or ideas.

 

Trapiche Malbec 2009 Single Vineyard – Pre-order

Please note, there is a 5% discount on any order of 12 bottles or more.

Trapiche Malbec Single Vineyard 2009
Vina Domingo F Sarmiento

£26.99 per bottle
£161.94 per box of 6 bottles

Trapiche Malbec Single Vineyard 2009Vineyards
La Consulta, San Carlos, Valle de Uco, Mendoza.
Altitude: 1,030 meters a.s.l. (3,247 ft)
Latitude: 33º49’00’’ South

Vinification
Hand harvesting.
Bunch selection.
Destemming.
Berry selection.
Fermentation with wild yeasts and maceration in
small concrete vats during 25 days, at 25-27ºC.
Natural malolactic fermentation.
Aged 18 months in new French oak barrels.
Bottling ageing during 12 months.

Tasting Notes – Malbec of red-purple color, displaying aromas of leather and truffle with a strong mineral character, where graphite and ink notes stand out. Sweet as it enters the mouth with figs, nuts and almond notes. Long, lingering finish with firm and elegant tannins. A beautiful complexity.

“Trapiche have used the grapes from this grower on more than one occasion for their
series of three top-named Malbecs, and you can see why. The wine is rich and
aromatic, with lovely sweet, toasty.”
92 Points, Tim Atkin Top 50 Argentinian Wines 2012

90 Points Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate 

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Trapiche Malbec Single Vineyard 2009
Vina Finca Suarez Lastra

£26.99 per bottle
£161.94 per box of 6 bottles

Trapiche Malbec Single Vineyard 2009

Vineyards
Altamira, La Consulta, San Carlos, Valle de Uco, Mendoza.
Altitude: 1072 meters a.s.l.
Latitude: 33º 44’04’’ South

Vinification
Hand harvesting.
Bunch selection.
Destemming.
Berry selection.
Fermentation with wild yeasts and maceration in
small concrete vats during 25 days, at 25-27ºC.
Natural malolactic fermentation.
Aged 18 months in new French oak barrels.
Bottling ageing during 12 months.

Tasting Notes  – Malbec of red intense color, revealing aromas of cherries and black fruits such as raspberries and blueberries with violet notes. Fresh and ample as it enters the mouth with orange peel notes. Gripped, juicy and elegant tannins. Long and very perfumed finish.

“Altamira tends to produce slightly fresher wines than most parts of Mendoza, and that’s certainly the case here on this grower-sourced wine. There’s lots of coffee bean oak, but the wine is profound, concentrated and refreshing. The old vine richness really shines through, as does the finesse of the tannins.” 94 Points, Tim Atkin Top 50 Argentinean Wines 2012

92 Points Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate

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Trapiche Malbec Single Vineyard 2009
Vina Jorge Miralles 2009

£26.99 per bottle
£161.94 per box of 6 bottlesTrapiche Malbec

Vineyards
La Consulta, San Carlos, Mendoza.
Altitude: 970 meters a.s.l. (3,183 feet).
Latitude: 33°45’ 122” South.

Vinification
Hand harvesting.
Bunch selection.
Destemming.
Berry selection.
Fermentation with wild yeasts and maceration in
small concrete vats during 25 days, at 25-27ºC.
Natural malolactic fermentation.
Aged 18 months in new French oak barrels.
Bottling ageing during 12 months.

Tasting Notes – Malbec of deep red color with black tones, revealing sweet aromas or ripe plums and cherries with refreshing balsamic notes. Great concentration of red fruits with notes of milk chocolate. In the mouth, it is sweet and juicy with nuances of white chocolate truffle. Long finish with velvety and concentrated tannins.

“This is a real blaster of a Malbec, showing power, concentration and subtleties. The bouquet is full of graham cracker, cola, monster berry and moss notes, while the pure, driving palate deals flavors of toasty blackberry, spice, mocha and more. The lengthy but mellow finish hums like a fine-tuned machine. Drink now-2018.” 95 Points, winemag.com

91 Points Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate

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See Trapiche Malbec and all of our other Argentinean wines here. We also stock Trapiche Malbec Collection Roble and the Trapiche Malbec Gran Medalla (a superb Malbec released to celebrated 125 years of wine-making at Trapiche).

 

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Champagne Forget Brimont Vintage 2002

Champagne Forget Brimont Vintage 2002

Champagne Forget Brimont 2002 VintageChampagne Forget Brimont Vintage 2002 Tasting Notes

Champagne Forget Brimont Vintage 2002 is a pale golden colour and  has fine, small, persistent bubbles. The nose has slight floral notes and some biscuit and yeast aromas. The palate is very fresh, given the age, and has very good acidity and a very pleasing mousse. The are flavours of apricot and green apples leading to slightly biscuit-y finish. A very clean, fresh and elegant vintage Champagne. A blend of 50 % Pinot Noir and
50 % Chardonnay.

Fareham Wine Cellar, has been importing wine directly from Forget Brimont for nearly 20 years and we are big fans of this family owned Champagne House. All of their wines are made from grapes that are from 1er Cru and Grand Cru vineyards. Until recently Brimont was classified as an Récoltant manipulant (RM) or Grower’s Champagne which meant that they only produced Champagne from grapes they had grown themselves. However, having become more succesful, and with recent expansion, they have to buy grapes in from other growers (like the majority of the larger brands) and are classified as a Négociant manipulant (NM).

Find this wine at our website here.

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