Paris & Champagne Travelogue & TN's: Last not least; Pierre Peters, then Paris

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We arrived in Reims today after three days in Paris. I'll gradually post food and wine photos and notes. Travel has been fairly easy. It's best if you apply for a QR code 3+ weeks in advance that museums, restaurants and trains can scan to let you in. Ours weren't approved until yesterday, 24 days after we applied. The prior two days were still fine, as most restaurants and museums accepted our paper Covid Vaccination records and ID instead of the QR code.

The first night we fought jet-lag and joined some friends from home who happened to be in Paris. We met them at Les Bon Georges for dinner. A fun chalkboard menu and an extensive wine list. There were some wines I'd have ordered had Marybeth and I been alone, but since six of us were splitting the tab, I went for moderately priced pearls. All three wines I ordered were fantastic, and our friends loved them as well. We started with a 2011 Hubert Lamy St-Aubin En Remilly. A kaleidoscope of citrus fruit, white flowers, limestone and struck match which added to the complexity.

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I thought our group would love a northern rhone. I asked the sommelier to pick one and he served it blind. I guessed St. Joseph (but that's cheating; I gave him a price limit, so I knew it couldn't be Hermitage or Cote Rotie). A really elegant and delicious light to medium bodied syrah. Raspberries and flowers, not much olive or cured meat. A northern rhone to accompany hearty or light meat dishes or even flavorful fish. A purring cat. Unveiled as a 2018 Georges Vernay St. Joseph Terres d'Encre.
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The sommelier loved that wine, as did I.

Compared to the purring Vernay, the next wine was yeowling cat. I knew as soon as I saw it I'd order the 2018 Pierre Gonon St. Joseph. The restaurant price was less than the stateside retail. Much darker, deeper and intense than the Vernay, this was a tooth stainer. Darker berries, spice, strong violet scent, and a little olive peaking through. Had we served them in the reverse order, the Vernay would have been overpowered.
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Next up: lunch at Le Train Bleu, then a visit to Krug.

Cheers,
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I was at Le Train Bleu in 2013. Beautiful restaurant the food was excellent also. Hope you had a great time.

We are thinking about going back to France next year. How does one apply for a QR code that museums, restaurants and trains can scan to let one in.
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Thanks for posting. I am looking forward to the next installment.

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Howard Cooper wrote: October 13th, 2021, 4:39 pm I was at Le Train Bleu in 2013. Beautiful restaurant the food was excellent also. Hope you had a great time.

We are thinking about going back to France next year. How does one apply for a QR code that museums, restaurants and trains can scan to let one in.
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Le Train Bleu offers a fantastic visual and culinary experience. Located in the Paris Gare de Lyon, built in 1900, the atmosphere is stunning. Skilled staff carve and finish preparation table side. Each dish was stunning. The raw scallop, while delicious and texturally wonderful, saw the shellfish slightly overwhelmed by the boldly flavored bed of mushrooms. I was then mistakenly brought the lobster pasta au gratin rather than the pike. It was so good I dared not mention the error. Marybeth loved the farmhouse chicken breast. The crispy dessert “cigar” was unique. The wine list was adequate, not at all special.
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Great reviews/ pics Warren. Appreciate you are doing it up righteously. Looking forward to more.
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We visited Krug last week. The private degustation included a tour of the house and the caves in Reims, followed by a tasting.
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More Krug photos.
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The tasting: Krug 2006 Vintage Brut and Krug Grand Cuvée eme 162 (2006 base)
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It was very interesting to compare the Vintage Brut with the blended GC based on the same year. The GC was a blend of 161 wines, and 11 vintages, the oldest being 1990.
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As we were leaving the winery, we bumped into Julie Cavil, the Krug Cellar Master. While I was slightly awestruck, she was easygoing and friendly, casually dressed, and much younger than I'd expected considering her position.
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The next night, we tried the 169eme, the 24 eme Rosé, and the 2008 Vintage Brut.
The 169 eme is based on the 2013 vintage, plus reserves from 11 different vintages, the oldest being 2000. There were altogether 146 wines in the blend.
The 24 eme Rosé is based on the 2012 vintage, plus 71% reserves.

Let's start with the 2008, which was just released to French restaurants a few weeks ago.

2008 Krug Champagne Vintage Brut - France, Champagne (10/18/2021)
This will be stunning in time, but it seems a bit wasteful to open now. Initially, the nose was nearly absent. Coaxing, swirling and waiting brought grapefruit and lime, and a little hazelnut. The palate was more giving than the nose. The mouthfeel was intense, but the wine was still reticent, tight and strict.
This is a structured and acidic Krug. None of the typical richness or toasty notes are evident yet. Despite the austerity, the finish was long, and the fabric of a great champagne is evident.

NV Krug Champagne Brut Rose Edition 24eme - France, Champagne (10/18/2021)
Elegant and very floral. Grapefruit and faint red berries, this is bold enough to accompany some dense meals

NV Krug Champagne Brut Grande Cuvee Edition 169eme - France, Champagne (10/18/2021)
This was my first time trying the 169 eme. Another Krug showing generous acidic cut, it also showed citrus, almonds and hazelnut, and some autolytic notes.

Next up: visit to Deutz

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Thank you for all the photos, Warren! Can't imagine how incredible it is in person.
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So happy you and Marybeth are getting to do this trip, Warren! Cheers!
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Thank you for the photos! They strictly prohibited me from taking any when I was there in 2017, so it's lovely to have yours to look at champagne.gif
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Yao C wrote: October 18th, 2021, 10:12 am Thank you for the photos! They strictly prohibited me from taking any when I was there in 2017, so it's lovely to have yours to look at champagne.gif
I have more I can send you. We had a lovely young but knowledgeable guide who was fairly new to the House. I hope these posts don't cause her trouble! If so, I'll remove them!
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Warren Taranow wrote: October 18th, 2021, 10:18 am
Yao C wrote: October 18th, 2021, 10:12 am Thank you for the photos! They strictly prohibited me from taking any when I was there in 2017, so it's lovely to have yours to look at champagne.gif
I have more I can send you. We had a lovely young but knowledgeable guide who was fairly new to the House. I hope these posts don't cause her trouble! If so, I'll remove them!
I informed Krug about the pictures, they said as long as there’s no precarious balancing they have no problem with it.
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Warren Taranow wrote: October 18th, 2021, 10:18 am
Yao C wrote: October 18th, 2021, 10:12 am Thank you for the photos! They strictly prohibited me from taking any when I was there in 2017, so it's lovely to have yours to look at champagne.gif
I have more I can send you. We had a lovely young but knowledgeable guide who was fairly new to the House. I hope these posts don't cause her trouble! If so, I'll remove them!
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This was buried in my post about. I'm re-posting because the sound is so cool, and it's easy to miss it above.
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Seems like a great trip Warren. I think we were at Le Bon Georges days apart. :)
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Warren Taranow wrote: October 18th, 2021, 9:37 am The tasting: Krug 2006 Vintage Brut and Krug Grand Cuvée eme 162 (2006 base)

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It was very interesting to compare the Vintage Brut with the blended GC based on the same year. The GC was a blend of 161 wines, and 11 vintages, the oldest being 1990.
I hadn't done a side-by-side tasting of these before (or any other Vintage Brut and Grand Cuvée). I was expecting the blend to add some depth due to the age of the reserve wines. What surprised me was how much fresher the GC was than the '06 Vintage. The '06 Brut was like a tempestuous teenager strutting their stuff. It's an open, fruity, generous wine, round and bold. A vintage to drink now. The contrast with the GC was stunning. The reserves calmed the warm vintage, showing much more freshness and precision. I loved them both.

As we were leaving the winery, we bumped into Julie Cavil, the Krug Cellar Master. While I was slightly awestruck, she was easygoing and friendly, casually dressed, and much younger than I'd expected considering her position.
Love the GC vs vintage comparison with same base. I hadn’t done that either and now I’m questioning why not.
Stellar trip so far Warren. Thanks for the quality shares.
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Warren Taranow wrote: October 18th, 2021, 10:18 am
Yao C wrote: October 18th, 2021, 10:12 am Thank you for the photos! They strictly prohibited me from taking any when I was there in 2017, so it's lovely to have yours to look at champagne.gif
I have more I can send you. We had a lovely young but knowledgeable guide who was fairly new to the House. I hope these posts don't cause her trouble! If so, I'll remove them!
The reason they gave me at the time was that people were able to work out release dates / quantities from the codes visible in their photographs. But perhaps they have relaxed their policies since then. I wouldn't worry
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Awesome photos and write up Warren. Thank you for them
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Well done Warren.

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Blake Brown wrote: October 18th, 2021, 11:27 am
Warren Taranow wrote: October 18th, 2021, 9:37 am The tasting: Krug 2006 Vintage Brut and Krug Grand Cuvée eme 162 (2006 base)

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It was very interesting to compare the Vintage Brut with the blended GC based on the same year. The GC was a blend of 161 wines, and 11 vintages, the oldest being 1990.
I hadn't done a side-by-side tasting of these before (or any other Vintage Brut and Grand Cuvée). I was expecting the blend to add some depth due to the age of the reserve wines. What surprised me was how much fresher the GC was than the '06 Vintage. The '06 Brut was like a tempestuous teenager strutting their stuff. It's an open, fruity, generous wine, round and bold. A vintage to drink now. The contrast with the GC was stunning. The reserves calmed the warm vintage, showing much more freshness and precision. I loved them both.

As we were leaving the winery, we bumped into Julie Cavil, the Krug Cellar Master. While I was slightly awestruck, she was easygoing and friendly, casually dressed, and much younger than I'd expected considering her position.
Love the GC vs vintage comparison with same base. I hadn’t done that either and now I’m questioning why not.
Stellar trip so far Warren. Thanks for the quality shares.
It will be interesting to see how the 164eme compares to the 2008 in about 5 years.
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Looks like a great trip, Warren! Thank you for posting the notes and the pictures.

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I have a lot of things to post, but here’s an easy one from dinner tonight. Paris wine lists are incredible.
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Thanks foe the notes and pics Warren, I’m looking forward to my trip to Paris, Champagne and Burgundy in the Spring and this post has me itching to go.
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Great notes, Warren. Thanks much for sharing.
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Our Deutz visit was phenomenal. It was personal and generous, a private tour that included tasting through a range Deutz Champagnes, including the Amour de Deutz Rosé, BdB, and Cuvée William Deutz. It included a private lunch, our finest of the holiday. Marc was a gracious, knowledgeable, enthusiastic host.
The house, like many, was well preserved. Deutz was more original than any we'd seen, unchanged since the mid 19th century. Some of the current furniture could be seen, unchanged in portraits from the 1800s.
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The Deutz cellar was beautiful, chalk, with an ancient section that's no longer used, and the modern section which is still quite old. There's a beautiful long spiral staircase descending into its depths. No flash photos as they store the Amour de Deutz in clear bottles.
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Library wines in the Deutz cave
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The old portion of the cave. They block unused corridors with bottles.
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#35 Post by Warren Taranow »

This was a very generous tasting. My notes are from memory, so there may be some inaccuracy of vintages.
We started with the NV Deutz Brut Classic and NV Brut rosé. These were quality wines, fresh and fruity, and very easy to drink (although given the line-up, I had to spit some!).
We then moved on to 2012 Deutz Champagne Brut Millésimé. Another winner, once again with fresh fruity flavors and aromas, augmented with biscuits. They use stainless instead of oak at Deutz, and allow malolactic fermentation. The freshness shows. This is an outstanding age-worthy champagne at a reasonable price.
I knew the Amour de Deutz BdB and Rosé were their tête de cuvées. I didn't realize the the Cuvée William Deutz was at the same level, but a Pinot Noir based Bdn rather than Chardonnay based as in the Amour wines. These are some of my favorite wines, and the tasting confirmed that. For me, the Rosé is different but equal in quality (and deliciousness) as two of my other favorites, the Vilmart Emotion and the Egly Ouiriet Rosé.

The 2009 Amour de Deutz BdB defied the generous vintage, showing more elegance than force. I really loved it, and I'm glad I own some.
The 2009 Amour de Deutz Rosé once again showed the pure and elegant fruit of the house style. I have several of these. These are '09s that I'll hold rather than open early. They're structured, and just gorgeous. For me, this is as good as Rosé Champagne gets. It's produced with still wine assemblage rather than saignee.
I don't recall the vintage of the Cuvée William Deutz, their pinot noir based wine. It was youthful but generous, a wine I need to purchase and drink more often.

They've started an "Hommage" series, two wines from their historic vineyards. I'll need to try them at some point.

The last is a photo behind the cellars and cave, of the Glaciéres vineyard. I thought it odd that they'd name a pinot vineyard Glacieres; it sound more crystalline chardonnay-like to me. It turns out, there used to be an underground ice house beneath the vineyard.
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Deutz treated us the best of all of our winery visits, and their wines were as exceptional as their hospitality. Although they had no clue, I've been a vocal advocate of their wines for years. They treated us like VIP for no apparent reason.
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You have some great pictures there, Warren! Sounds like this was an incredible visit. I'm looking forward to your next report. Where next? [cheers.gif]

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Phil T r o t t e r wrote: October 21st, 2021, 5:40 am You have some great pictures there, Warren! Sounds like this was an incredible visit. I'm looking forward to your next report. Where next? [cheers.gif]
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Next up Ruinart, who have the best caves, then Vilmart and Pierre Peters.

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Thanks for the superb reporting Warren!
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2010 François Raveneau Chablis Grand Cru Valmur
A very good showing for this wine. Grand cru density and finish. Lemon cream, pear, limestone. Great purity. A little less cut than I expected, but outstanding wine.
Ordered at a bistro in Paris; we pay far too much for this stateside.
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Warren Taranow wrote: October 21st, 2021, 5:45 am
Phil T r o t t e r wrote: October 21st, 2021, 5:40 am You have some great pictures there, Warren! Sounds like this was an incredible visit. I'm looking forward to your next report. Where next? [cheers.gif]
Phil,

Next up Ruinart, who have the best caves, then Vilmart and Pierre Peters.

Cheers,
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Ruinart and Pierre Peters were 2 of the top 5 visits we had with Krug, Bollinger and Taittinger in the mix. You're in for a treat. The cellars at Ruinart were the most impressive of all, not to mention all the wines were great. Looking forward to your notes and photos Warren. Great trip so far and thanks for all of the shares.
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Blake Brown wrote: October 21st, 2021, 7:32 am
Warren Taranow wrote: October 21st, 2021, 5:45 am
Phil T r o t t e r wrote: October 21st, 2021, 5:40 am You have some great pictures there, Warren! Sounds like this was an incredible visit. I'm looking forward to your next report. Where next? [cheers.gif]
Phil,

Next up Ruinart, who have the best caves, then Vilmart and Pierre Peters.

Cheers,
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Ruinart and Pierre Peters were 2 of the top 5 visits we had with Krug, Bollinger and Taittinger in the mix. You're in for a treat. The cellars at Ruinart were the most impressive of all, not to mention all the wines were great. Looking forward to your notes and photos Warren. Great trip so far and thanks for all of the shares.
Blake,
We're actually done with those tours, I'm just overdue on my posts. We're back in Paris, leaving on Saturday.
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Warren Taranow wrote: October 21st, 2021, 8:10 am
Blake Brown wrote: October 21st, 2021, 7:32 am
Warren Taranow wrote: October 21st, 2021, 5:45 am

Phil,

Next up Ruinart, who have the best caves, then Vilmart and Pierre Peters.

Cheers,
Warren
Ruinart and Pierre Peters were 2 of the top 5 visits we had with Krug, Bollinger and Taittinger in the mix. You're in for a treat. The cellars at Ruinart were the most impressive of all, not to mention all the wines were great. Looking forward to your notes and photos Warren. Great trip so far and thanks for all of the shares.
Blake,
We're actually done with those tours, I'm just overdue on my posts. We're back in Paris, leaving on Saturday.
Cheers,
Warren
Got it. You did it up right Warren. Impressive and re-stimulating.
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We climbed a rough vineyard single lane road to get a view from above Krug's Clos du Mesnil. I believe Les Chetillons is to the right.
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Thanks for the visuals, Champganeopod. As I told you over on IG, these kinds of visuals (and because Champagne thrills me with just about everything I open now), it's such a beautiful, captivating place that is making top shelf wine. As I bugged Gina Lyons recently when she took her trip, next time you have to go South...to the Aube, we go!
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2012 Minière F & R Influence Brut
2004 Vilmart & Cie Coeur de Cuvée
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I enjoyed my visit to Vilmart, but it was anticlimactic. It had been scheduled five days earlier (on my birthday), and was one of the wineries I most wanted to see. The night before, Marybeth became suddenly ill during a long dinner at l’Assiette Champenoise, the kind of sick that only happens when she’s exposed to shellfish. They knew about the allergy, but we suspect cross contamination. Back to the Vilmart story… I emailed Patricia at Vilmart and apologize and cancel, and asked the concierge at to call and do the same for us. I never received a reply and figured they were either really busy or were mad that I canceled with little notice. Fortunately, the concierge at Le Royal Champagne had a connection and got me in 5 days later.
I had a great private tour and tasting with Eric from Vilmart. I briefly met Rene Champs, who had turned over the reigns to his son Laurent. I also said “hi” to Laurent’s son, who was very personable. I never met Laurent; he was in another room entertaining some sommeliers. We couldn’t visit the main cellar as there was some “rearranging” being done, but I had a great discussion about the history and philosophy at Vilmart. The wines were spectacular as always, and Patricia comped the tasting fee.
They have an 11ha vineyard in Rilly-La-Montagne. It’s organically farmed, and has never seen chemical pesticides or herbicides. All of the grapes harvested at the estate are pressed in an old wood press within a single 24 hour period; that must be a hectic day. The base wines are aged 10+ months in oak barrels of various size and age.
Vilmart remains one of my favorite producers, and I buy every vintage. There’s never a “weak” year.
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Another interesting fact about Vilmart that hadn’t previously occurred to me. Pinot noir is more typically grown in the Montaigne de Reims region, yet Vilmart grows at least 60% Chardonnay. If I understood Eric correctly, it was due to a unique streak of chalk in that particular vineyard.
From what I can gather, the winemaking is fastidious and Laurent Champs is a perfectionist. I would have liked to have met him; perhaps some other time. I’m fortunate to own more Vilmart than any other grower, and a good proportion of my overall champagne holdings are from this house. I’m particularly fond of the new Cuvèe Emotion Rosè, the Coeur de Cuvèe (from their oldest vines) and the Grand Cellier d’Or. I’ve yet to try the Les Blanches Voies BdB.
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Nice trip report and pictures - were you taking all these pictures with just your phone, or did you bring an SLR?
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Warren Taranow wrote: October 23rd, 2021, 10:10 am Another interesting fact about Vilmart that hadn’t previously occurred to me. Pinot noir is more typically grown in the Montaigne de Reims region, yet Vilmart grows at least 60% Chardonnay. If I understood Eric correctly, it was due to a unique streak of chalk in that particular vineyard.
From what I can gather, the winemaking is fastidious and Laurent Champs is a perfectionist. I would have liked to have met him; perhaps some other time. I’m fortunate to own more Vilmart than any other grower, and good proportion of my overall champagne holdings are from this house. I’m particularly fond of the new Cuvèe Emotion Rosè, the Coeur de Cuvèe (from their oldest vines) and the Grand Cellier d’Or. I’ve yet to try the Les Blanches Voies BdB.
I had been aware of the use of Chardonnay in a Pinot Noir centric region, but never had the reason, so thanks for the input.
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