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by Panos Kakaviatos
June 14th, 2019, 10:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2018 Bordeaux - What are you buying (and why)?
Replies: 245
Views: 14505

Re: 2018 Bordeaux - What are you buying (and why)?

Adam, based on the experts, there are some great candidates to add from 2018 Bordeaux. Calon Segur 2018 is essentially first growth quality at about $109. Several tasting reports provided on the WB 2018 Bordeaux thread by Panos, Jeff Levy, and some Suckling scores posted as well. FarrVintners.com a...
by Panos Kakaviatos
June 14th, 2019, 9:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Does Modern Bdx Need 20-Years of Aging to Drink Well?
Replies: 103
Views: 4208

Re: Does Modern Bdx Need 20-Years of Aging to Drink Well?

Some valid points, Noah. I also think XXXX is totally off base with a statement that could only be made by someone who (to his credit, perhaps) tastes so much wine that he is dead to the stifling and mouthdrying effect of tannins. At some point you maybe cease noticing the fact that the back end of...
by Panos Kakaviatos
June 14th, 2019, 9:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Went nuts and ...
Replies: 39
Views: 2392

Re: Went nuts and ...

lleichtman wrote:
June 14th, 2019, 1:54 pm
Panos Kakaviatos wrote:
June 12th, 2019, 1:52 pm
.. bought two Leoville Las Cases 05s on sale and in bottle for $265. Absurd price for a single bottle of wine, but then again, a great wine. And a competitive price.
Where did you buy. I would buy at $265.
Belmont Exchange
by Panos Kakaviatos
June 14th, 2019, 12:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Went nuts and ...
Replies: 39
Views: 2392

Re: Went nuts and ...

Mark Golodetz wrote:
June 12th, 2019, 3:38 pm
Great vintage with fourteen years of bottle age, as opposed to the same estate’s 2018 at a similar price. Smart buy, grasshopper.
Thanks for the reassurance ;-)
by Panos Kakaviatos
June 14th, 2019, 12:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Went nuts and ...
Replies: 39
Views: 2392

Re: Went nuts and ...

Mike Grammer wrote:
June 13th, 2019, 12:38 pm
I get first dibs--Panos is still holding my bottle of 2009 Mugneret-Gibourg Chambolle Feusselottes hostage---this would be a lovely wine to pair with that one [grin.gif]

Great work, amigo!
Mike ! We must find a date :-)
by Panos Kakaviatos
June 14th, 2019, 12:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Went nuts and ...
Replies: 39
Views: 2392

Re: Went nuts and ...

It was I seem to recall from prior discussions that you also are not a huge LLC fan. You guys are killing me. I was being sarcastic. However, I do not think LLC is spoofed like Cos. And I don’t think anyone says Montrose is spoofed! I’m out, gotta go bill some sick fees. :) Ever since Aymeric de Gi...
by Panos Kakaviatos
June 14th, 2019, 12:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Went nuts and ...
Replies: 39
Views: 2392

Re: Went nuts and ...

Mark Golodetz wrote:
June 13th, 2019, 7:18 am
My favorite super second from the Medoc was the Pichon Baron. But the really great wine, the one you want for the tasting, is from the Right Bank, the VCC. I think Panos is also a major fan.
Oh yes! I got two of those as well, VCC is fabulous in 2005! :-)
by Panos Kakaviatos
June 12th, 2019, 1:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Went nuts and ...
Replies: 39
Views: 2392

Went nuts and ...

.. bought two Leoville Las Cases 05s on sale and in bottle for $265. Absurd price for a single bottle of wine, but then again, a great wine. And a competitive price.
by Panos Kakaviatos
May 12th, 2019, 3:55 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Favorite Bordeaux non vintage of the century
Replies: 69
Views: 2068

Re: Favorite Bordeaux non vintage of the century

Last century - 1962, 1966, 1970, 1986, 1996 This century - 2001, 2014 Good stuff Howard! 1996 may well be a good vintage of the century "imposter" [wow.gif] : love that vintage especially from many a Médoc estate. Totally agree with 2001, across the region. Recently had a 2001 Rauzan-Ségla that was...
by Panos Kakaviatos
May 12th, 2019, 2:28 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2018 Bordeaux - What are you buying (and why)?
Replies: 245
Views: 14505

Re: 2018 Bordeaux - What are you buying (and why)?

Caved in and bought some ‘18 Beychevelle in halves as I am loving the case of ‘66 just arrived from London few months ago, now I just need to wait for 30 years! The 2018 Beychevelle is excellent. OK, the prices have been going up partly due to the Asian market, but one of the best barrel samples I ...
by Panos Kakaviatos
May 12th, 2019, 2:06 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs Bdx18 barrel: some selections bargain and not
Replies: 15
Views: 887

Re: TNs Bdx18 barrel: some selections bargain and not

Todd F r e n c h wrote:
May 11th, 2019, 11:59 am
LOVE this post, thank you!! I'm hoping the Reservee de la Comtesse hits the futures sales soon
Thanks Todd! :-)
by Panos Kakaviatos
May 12th, 2019, 2:06 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs Bdx18 barrel: some selections bargain and not
Replies: 15
Views: 887

Re: TNs Bdx18 barrel: some selections bargain and not

Lee the style of Les Carmes has changed substantially starting around 2012. It is a much glossier wine now showing less of the Cab Franc profile that always enamored me. I still think 2014 showed well, but it is quite different. I found some vintages from earlier this decade too oak driven. With th...
by Panos Kakaviatos
May 11th, 2019, 8:32 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Favorite Bordeaux non vintage of the century
Replies: 69
Views: 2068

Re: Favorite Bordeaux non vintage of the century

Mark Golodetz wrote:
May 11th, 2019, 6:31 am
I like 2008 and 2014, but also have enjoyed Right Bank 2001 and a 2004 and 2006.

Have not had enough post 2010s to comment, but the 2012s I have had, have been decent if lacking intensity.
Thoughts?
Agree with all of the above and currently favoring 2001 on both sides of the Gironde.
by Panos Kakaviatos
May 11th, 2019, 8:20 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2018 Bordeaux.
Replies: 268
Views: 15118

Re: 2018 Bordeaux.

Todd F r e n c h wrote:
May 10th, 2019, 11:43 am
Nice article, Panos!!! Love it! Will read it again another time, perhaps two more times.

Looks like I'll be waiting to see if an offer pops up for La Reserve de la Comtesse '18
Thanks for reading! Indeed, I was hardly alone in singing praises for this particular second wine in 18. [cheers.gif]
by Panos Kakaviatos
May 11th, 2019, 8:20 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2018 Bordeaux.
Replies: 268
Views: 15118

Re: 2018 Bordeaux.

Thanks for looking up my report! Anyway, I just posted some TNs from it, a selection of wines including bargain category for 2018, as tasted from barrel. Cheers!
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by Panos Kakaviatos
May 11th, 2019, 8:18 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs Bdx18 barrel: some selections bargain and not
Replies: 15
Views: 887

TNs Bdx18 barrel: some selections bargain and not

Dear readers, my full notes on the vintage from barrel are online at wine-chronicles.com. You can see plenty of photos and some video as well, but the point is that I am not quite as bullish as others about 2018, which I would characterize globally as very good but not great. That is to say that you...
by Panos Kakaviatos
January 25th, 2019, 8:50 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Chateau Leoville Poyferre vertical with Sarah Cuvelier
Replies: 19
Views: 1171

Re: TN: Chateau Leoville Poyferre vertical with Sarah Cuvelier

If you don't have some Brett and Green in the wines its no longer Bordeaux for some people. In Blind Tastings (Judgement of Paris etc.) Napa won the competition against Bordeaux. But if Bordeaux is making wines like Napa due to climate change people complain that Bordeaux lost its soul and sold it ...
by Panos Kakaviatos
January 25th, 2019, 8:46 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Chateau Leoville Poyferre vertical with Sarah Cuvelier
Replies: 19
Views: 1171

Re: TN: Chateau Leoville Poyferre vertical with Sarah Cuvelier

2004 Château Léoville Poyferré - France, Bordeaux, Médoc, St. Julien Expressive nose displaying youthful concentrated black fruit, crushed blackberry, crème de cassis, black cherry, floral dust, rose, cedar, a hint of leather and caramel, and earth. Excellent concentration, layers upon layers of pe...
by Panos Kakaviatos
January 24th, 2019, 10:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Chateau Leoville Poyferre vertical with Sarah Cuvelier
Replies: 19
Views: 1171

Re: TN: Chateau Leoville Poyferre vertical with Sarah Cuvelier

I find it a little curious that some feel that Poyferré is too 'modern.' Certainly there has been a trend toward the increased use of new oak, but I don't find their wines to be overly modern, certainly compared to many others in Bordeaux. I suppose the verdict will be revealed 20+ years, once the ...
by Panos Kakaviatos
January 24th, 2019, 3:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Chateau Leoville Poyferre vertical with Sarah Cuvelier
Replies: 19
Views: 1171

Re: TN: Chateau Leoville Poyferre vertical with Sarah Cuvelier

Great notes, as usual, Kevin! It was so much fun to do this again at the French Embassy. Anyway, we agree on much of the vintages. I guess I liked 2000 and 2005 more than the others, which, along with the 2010, provided a neat top trio in five-year increments: that's three "vintages of a century" in...
by Panos Kakaviatos
January 15th, 2019, 2:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2001 Château de Beaucastel - Châteauneuf-du-Pape Blanc (France, Rhône, Southern Rhône, Châteauneuf-du-Pape)
Replies: 25
Views: 671

Re: TN: 2001 Château de Beaucastel - Châteauneuf-du-Pape Blanc (France, Rhône, Southern Rhône, Châteauneuf-du-Pape)

Opened a magnum yesterday and it was great with a Greek kreatopita: meat pie from lamb and pork with dill seasoning.
by Panos Kakaviatos
January 13th, 2019, 2:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Ducru Beaucaillou 2001
Replies: 0
Views: 214

TN: Ducru Beaucaillou 2001

Enjoyed fairly rapidly after the New Year with my nephew and his fiance... I recall some observers a while back who had dismissively regarded 2001 in general as a “restaurant vintage”. They were and remain oh so wrong. 2001 in Bordeaux can be fabulous and even beat 2000 in some cases, especially on ...
by Panos Kakaviatos
January 13th, 2019, 11:16 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Holiday dinner at the French Embassy, Washington D.C.
Replies: 8
Views: 748

Re: TN: Holiday dinner at the French Embassy, Washington D.C.

Among the sweeter wines, IMHO the ZH was special. So fresh, with wonderful acidity counterbalancing the richness. I don't usually expect this type of acidity in a PG, as opposed to a riesling. Fabulous wine. Spot on! I’m not such a huge fan of PG in Alsace in general, and prefer Riesling and even P...
by Panos Kakaviatos
January 13th, 2019, 10:46 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Holiday dinner at the French Embassy, Washington D.C.
Replies: 8
Views: 748

Re: TN: Holiday dinner at the French Embassy, Washington D.C.

Do they rent out the embassy now, or are you so famous you can bring in your friends for dinner? Panos' friends had no trouble getting into the Embassy restaurant. As for Panos, I think the guards thought he must be one of the terroirists (I guess they got confused with the spelling) coming in thro...
by Panos Kakaviatos
January 11th, 2019, 1:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Holiday dinner at the French Embassy, Washington D.C.
Replies: 8
Views: 748

TN: Holiday dinner at the French Embassy, Washington D.C.

HOLIDAY DINNER AT THE FRENCH EMBASSY, WASHINGTON D.C. - French Embassy (1/11/2019) After an annual holiday dinner with dear wine loving pals - this year at the French embassy - the overriding theme was "good" vintages. Neither off nor great, vintages that sometimes get overlooked by official critic...
by Panos Kakaviatos
December 1st, 2018, 3:05 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Chateau La Conseillante Dinner with Marielle Cazaux
Replies: 22
Views: 1130

Re: TN: Chateau La Conseillante Dinner with Marielle Cazaux

This was a great evening and the wines showed very well. Great notes from Kevin, as usual. And thanks for follow up comments from Keith and Marcus, who attended as well. This was the first time for me to organize something at the French Embassy in Washington D.C. so there were strict entrance rules,...
by Panos Kakaviatos
November 12th, 2018, 2:37 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Northern Médoc Sweet Spots from bottle 2016
Replies: 0
Views: 217

Northern Médoc Sweet Spots from bottle 2016

NORTHERN MÉDOC SWEET SPOTS: PRICEY AND NOT SO PRICEY - The Médoc (11/12/2018) I just posted notes on many northern Médoc wines last month in Bordeaux, assessing the recently bottled 2016 vintage. Saint Julien, Pauillac and Saint Estèphe offer many excellent wines, and some values, too. Of course th...
by Panos Kakaviatos
November 7th, 2018, 7:40 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Some Pomerol picks from 2016 in bottle
Replies: 13
Views: 1110

Re: Some Pomerol picks from 2016 in bottle

Chris Seiber wrote:
November 6th, 2018, 1:34 pm
Damn, the only price I can find for Lagrange is $80.
Yikes that is too pricey!
by Panos Kakaviatos
November 7th, 2018, 7:39 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Some Pomerol picks from 2016 in bottle
Replies: 13
Views: 1110

Re: Some Pomerol picks from 2016 in bottle

Cheers everyone! I will be posting soon on the Medoc but to answer Jim, when I tasted GGC Saint Emilion, it was so uneven. So many "modern" styled wines that over extracted oak or just came across disjointed. Such a contrast with Pomerol, which was more cohesive and solid. In terms of the Left Bank,...
by Panos Kakaviatos
November 6th, 2018, 11:13 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Some Pomerol picks from 2016 in bottle
Replies: 13
Views: 1110

Some Pomerol picks from 2016 in bottle

Having been to Bordeaux last month to taste from bottle (and heading back next month to complete my notes), I really liked 2016 in Pomerol. So much so that you can find excellent wines in the $30 to $55 retail price range. A strengthened dollar is only helping matters. I include also four top high e...
by Panos Kakaviatos
November 6th, 2018, 11:07 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2018 Bordeaux Update - Getting Hot Out There...
Replies: 11
Views: 1061

Re: 2018 Bordeaux Update - Getting Hot Out There...

Cheers Howard! Thanks for the reference. Have not been posting much in these pages but am coming back. Of course hype is to be expected from Bordeaux - lol - but the proof will be in the tastings from bottle and not necessarily from barrel. I fear for lowish acidities, especially for the whites, but...
by Panos Kakaviatos
January 10th, 2018, 1:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Beware them out of state shipping costs
Replies: 47
Views: 2999

Beware them out of state shipping costs

I went to UPS' website and uploaded a 45 lb box that was 17"x14"x15" (a styro 12 pack shipping box size) from HDH to a commerical address in Richmond, VA (I don't know your exact address so I used a hotel on the east end of the state). It didn't have any "alcohol" as a choice in shipping options so...
by Panos Kakaviatos
January 10th, 2018, 12:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Beware them out of state shipping costs
Replies: 47
Views: 2999

Beware them out of state shipping costs

Beware of absurd wine shipping costs, with certain out-of-state stores. Be careful before “approving” your orders and double check the out of state shipping costs as some stores use “third party” shipping. They say that they have to, but for a case of La Lagune, 12 bottles, to be delivered to Virgin...
by Panos Kakaviatos
November 28th, 2017, 3:34 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Cote Rôtie La Divine Jean-Luc Colombo 2014
Replies: 4
Views: 425

TN: Cote Rôtie La Divine Jean-Luc Colombo 2014

Bravo to Jean-Luc Colombo. This is a gorgeous - make it quite divine - Cote-Rotie exuding bright vivid dark cherry and blackberry fruit along with an almost wet stone aspect coupled with white pepper that is more pronounced on the veritably suave palate, not so much silky as smooth. Long and cool bl...
by Panos Kakaviatos
November 20th, 2017, 3:36 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bordeaux 2015 from bottle: mainly classified Medocs
Replies: 22
Views: 1569

Bordeaux 2015 from bottle: mainly classified Medocs

Of the three major "modernist" consultants, Rolland, Dererencourt and De Bouard, I like the wines of De Board best. Also bear in mind, the effects of all three is magnified when there is little or no Cabernet. In Siran's case, even there is plenty of Merlot, there is 40% Cabernet, enough to dull so...
by Panos Kakaviatos
November 20th, 2017, 3:23 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: RIP Patrick Maroteaux of Branaire
Replies: 1
Views: 195

RIP Patrick Maroteaux of Branaire

One of the kindest people I ever met in Bordeaux. Patrick had a huge passion for wine. I met him first in 2003. I then got to know his family. Every time we met he would ask many questions about a wide variety of topics because he was naturally curious. He was always engaged and focused in his conve...
by Panos Kakaviatos
November 19th, 2017, 11:33 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Prenatal 2017 Burgundies one day before the Hospices de Beaune
Replies: 4
Views: 596

Prenatal 2017 Burgundies one day before the Hospices de Beaune

Interesting! Reds were a bit all over the place. Other tasters felt that the Batard was disappointing but good for the charity to raise that money :-).
by Panos Kakaviatos
November 19th, 2017, 11:31 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bordeaux 2015 from bottle: mainly classified Medocs
Replies: 22
Views: 1569

Bordeaux 2015 from bottle: mainly classified Medocs

Siran can be very good! I didn’t try it but will do so later :-).
by Panos Kakaviatos
November 19th, 2017, 8:52 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bordeaux 2015 from bottle: mainly classified Medocs
Replies: 22
Views: 1569

Bordeaux 2015 from bottle: mainly classified Medocs

Absolutely fascinating notes, thanks. I am not sure the Prieure score was such an aberration; I was seeing vast improvements with 2009 and 2010, both seemed to slip under the radar. For me the real surprise was Cantenac Brown, which I have never found much in the way of elegance, it has always been...
by Panos Kakaviatos
November 19th, 2017, 6:44 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Prenatal 2017 Burgundies one day before the Hospices de Beaune
Replies: 4
Views: 596

Prenatal 2017 Burgundies one day before the Hospices de Beaune

TASTING PRENATAL WINES ONE DAY BEFORE THE HOSPICES DE BEAUNE AUCTION - Hospices de Beaune, Burgundy (11/18/2017) Based on a tasting of wines - to be sold today at auction at the famous Hospices de Beaune - the 2017 vintage seems to reflect a vintage where whites were more challenging and reds fairl...
by Panos Kakaviatos
November 18th, 2017, 4:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bordeaux 2015 from bottle: mainly classified Medocs
Replies: 22
Views: 1569

Bordeaux 2015 from bottle: mainly classified Medocs

Cheers All, I should add that I tasted a couple of really good QPR wines earlier this month as well: Chateau Pibarnon (Pauillac) and Potensac (Medoc). Hardly unknown, but they both excelled in 2015. Top ten in more or less order of preference from the Medocs tasted earlier this month: 1. Château Mar...
by Panos Kakaviatos
November 18th, 2017, 6:11 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bordeaux 2015 from bottle: mainly classified Medocs
Replies: 22
Views: 1569

Bordeaux 2015 from bottle: mainly classified Medocs

Here a video into to many wines tasted from bottle earlier this month. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SX1nMUottVE How good are Bordeaux 2015 from bottle? Based on two days of tasting top Médoc wines in early November 2017, I would say quite good. For complete version, more videos and pictures: http...
by Panos Kakaviatos
May 31st, 2017, 8:06 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best Figeac from barrel? For me, yes.
Replies: 35
Views: 1645

Best Figeac from barrel? For me, yes.

Panos: curious as to your thoughts about how well Cab Franc did in 2016. What about some of the others - I know you loved the Lafleur and Cheval Blanc, but what about Hosanna, Le Dome and others with a high percentage of CF? Would love to know your thoughts. OK, I asked around a bit re Cabernet Fra...
by Panos Kakaviatos
May 28th, 2017, 7:03 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best Figeac from barrel? For me, yes.
Replies: 35
Views: 1645

Best Figeac from barrel? For me, yes.

Panos: curious as to your thoughts about how well Cab Franc did in 2016. What about some of the others - I know you loved the Lafleur and Cheval Blanc, but what about Hosanna, Le Dome and others with a high percentage of CF? Would love to know your thoughts. Will get back to you in a few days... th...
by Panos Kakaviatos
May 28th, 2017, 7:01 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best Figeac from barrel? For me, yes.
Replies: 35
Views: 1645

Best Figeac from barrel? For me, yes.

You all forgot that the wine rests in 100%!!! new wood. This + Rolland = avoid! The wine is modern, without any terroir influence, more Napa than Bordeaux, without character and a caricature of Bordeaux. :-) Panos did loose all his senses obviously. Jurgen, I am not sure how serious you are being, ...
by Panos Kakaviatos
May 27th, 2017, 1:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best Figeac from barrel? For me, yes.
Replies: 35
Views: 1645

Best Figeac from barrel? For me, yes.

Come on Panos, I'm trying not to buy new stuff!!! So we've been hearing of this estate moving a bit modern with 2014 vintage, any comparative thoughts, say to 2010, 2009, 2000, 1998, 1990? Curious. Just remind yourself that Rolland is involved. While the hand of Michel was detectable last year, not...
by Panos Kakaviatos
May 27th, 2017, 8:44 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best Figeac from barrel? For me, yes.
Replies: 35
Views: 1645

Best Figeac from barrel? For me, yes.

One of my top of the pops from barrel tastings of #Bordeaux16 is Château Figeac. Could we say that it rivals Cheval Blanc – and for less money? Yes, we can. Probably the best Château Figeac I ever have tried from barrel, and superior to last year’s wine, as Cabernet Franc proved particularly success...
by Panos Kakaviatos
May 17th, 2017, 12:03 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Mouton dinner with Philippe Dhalluin and Bernard Burtschy
Replies: 27
Views: 1775

TN: Mouton dinner with Philippe Dhalluin and Bernard Burtschy

How can anyone doubt the promotion of Mouton to a first growth? I think it is hard in Bordeaux today to say what should be a first growth and what should not be a first growth. Certainly, Mouton makes great wines. But, so do other estates. For example, if you add up Kevin's scores for Mouton, the a...
by Panos Kakaviatos
May 14th, 2017, 9:58 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Mouton dinner with Philippe Dhalluin and Bernard Burtschy
Replies: 27
Views: 1775

TN: Mouton dinner with Philippe Dhalluin and Bernard Burtschy

Great notes Kevin; thanks for sharing. I wish I could've been there. When I tasted the Bordeaux barrel samples earlier at the Château Philippe was just as you described. We enjoyed also a series of 2010 wines that he opened. I really enjoyed reading your notes, well written as usual. And we agree es...

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