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Aged to Perfection

Posted on: December 6, 2019
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Our Mature Wine Picks

‘Tis the season for indulgence (refer to pic above) but why not enhance those delicious family meals and dinner parties with some wines that have gotten better with age?!  We at de Burgh, do not just like to drink wines that are a few years old, we also absolutely LOVE wines that are 10 or 15 years old and we have picked some real Christmas crackers for you….

Sybille Kuntz
Riesling Scharz 2007

The Scharz Auslese is an exceptional wine. It is not produced every year, only in the best vintages. Rich and complex on the palate with hints of that old classic Riesling characteristic- Petrol following on with flavours of orange peel tangerine dried apricot cooked nectarine orange marmalade. Off dry, but can be drunk anytime, but will go especially well with an abundant cheeseboard. A wine to be savoured. BUY


Chateau Moulin Haut-Laroque
Fronsac 2008  

We have tasted hundreds of Bordeaux over the years and this one really stood out. For a mature wine, we were bowled over by the quality, drinkability and price. Affordable and brilliant.

Chateau Moulin Haut-Laroque is a small family run estate who have a passion for making excellent Bordeaux. The vineyards are spread over 16 hectares in Fronsac with 65% Merlot, 20% Cabernet France, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Malbec- which happens to be at least 100 years old! The vines are on average 40 years old which gives real concentration of fruit. BUY


These are just few aged wines we have picked for the festive season. We have many more excellent cellared wines in our warehouse. Please do not hesitate to get in touch if you would like to see a full list. 

e-mail  – orders@de-burgh.com
phone – 01875 595 100

Domaine Sainte Croix

Posted on: December 4, 2019

Domaine Sainte Croix is owned and run by the English husband and wife team of Jon and Elizabeth Bowen. These are truly artisan wines crafted in an unfashionable area of France that has long been dominated by co-operative production.The gnarled vines are over 100 years old, production is organic and the wines display all the hallmarks of elegant living wines that have been carefully crafted with minimal sulphur and loads of love. They are an amazing set of wines which are highly recommended.

Acclaimed wine journalist Jamie Goode from his WineAnorak website, recently interviewed Jon and Elizabeth Bowen from Domaine Sainte in the village of Fraisse des Corbieres. CLICK HERE for the link to the article

We are proud to stock 5 of Domaine Sainte Croix’s wines –

Domaine Sainte Croix La Serre Blanc 2018 – A powerful full-bodied white, made from Grenache Blanc and Grenache Gris. Fresh with beautiful terroir-driven complexity, the mineral and citrus structure effortlessly lifts the richness. Finishes with notes of spearmint, white peach and cashew. BUY here..

Domaine Sainte Croix Le Fournas 2016 – Le Fournas is a delicious blend of Carignan (40%), Grenache (23%), Syrah (27%) & Mourvedre (10%). Rich aromas of blackcurrant fruits and dark leaves along with damson, loganberry and redcurrant notes. There is no oak on this wine, just lashing of lush fruit and fresh stone notes. BUY here..

Domaine Sainte Croix Magneric 2015 – A full-bodied blend of Old Vine Carignan, Old Vine Grenache, Syrah & a splash of Mourvedre. Cassis and redcurrant, with a black olive tapenade note giving a velvet palate. The fruit is complemented by a touch of pepper and barrel spice, with the power well balanced by freshness. The tannins are full and dense but soft and ripe. BUY here..

Domaine Sainte Croix Pourboire Nature 2018 – A no added Suphur blend of Carignan (80%) and Grenache (20%). Fresh and vibrant blackcurrant and plum notes dominate with crushed stones and gravel notes undernearth. The tannins are super fine and intergrated. This is a wonderful example of a fault free Natural Wine. BUY here…

Domaine Sainte Croix La Part des Anges 50cl, 2015 – The Part des Anges is a late-harvest Old Vine Carignan Noir (80%) and Syrah (20%), partly air-dried after harvest for 6 weeks to increase concentration by “raisining”. Oozing with the essence of black mulberry and fig on the nose. The palate is luscious with fig, prune, sweet spice, black chocolate and Turkish coffee on the palate. A sweet red wine whose sweetness is balanced by freshness and lightness. SORRY this is out of stock at the moment due to only being produced in very small quantities but more will arrive in the New Year!

If you have any questions about these wines, please do not hesitate to get in touch.

phone – 01875 595 100

e-mail – orders@de-burgh.com

Festive Fizz

Posted on: November 30, 2019

Celebrate with some of our most delicious fizz over the festive period.


Meyer Fonne 
Cremant d’Alsace Brut Extra NV
was £17.99 NOW £13,99

Blending is key to this wine and to Cremant from Alsace. The region boasts a melange of varieties that bring an extra aromatic element to its wines. Auxerrois, Chardonnay and Pinot Blanc are responsible for this Crémant’s perfume of flowers and crisp orchard fruit.

Cremant d’Alsace is often thought of as a cheaper alternative to Champagne or sold on the basis that it is ‘similar’. I am not sure you could really describe Meyer-Fonné’s Crémant as comparable to Champagne. It stands alone as being a truly fantastic sparkling wine and can satiate even the most finicky palates. And yet, it is is made in the ‘Methode Champenoise’ . Whilst the winemaking process is the same, it is a more youthful wine, only really spending around a year on its lees. The result being, fewer creamy brioche flavours, but it gains more of a fresh, lively and strikingly aromatic wine. Tropical fruit are more prevalent here with pineapple, glazed stone fruits and mango flavours. Hints of hazelnuts and sweet spice conclude beautifully on the palate.BUY


De Chanceny
Cremant de Loire Brut Rose NV
was £14.99 NOW £10.99

Our “De Chanceny” Rose cuvée is made from 100% Cabernet Franc grapes grown on selected plots to the south of Saumur. The clay-limestone terroir promotes perfect ripening and ageing in the tufa chalk cellars which gives this cuvée its superb freshness, fruit, and character. This Cremant is a gorgeous pink colour with a fine, lively bouquet with fresh, red-berry fruit aromas (wild strawberries and cherries). BUY


Domaine de la Verpaille
Cremant de Bourgogne Blanc de Blancs, Brut NV
was £17.99 NOW £13.99

This Cremant de Bourgogne was such a fantastic surprise. Like our Cremant d’Alsace from Meyer-Fonne, we were not expecting such a round full bodied Sparkling wine -years of tasting Prosecco had probably taken its toll when looking for a fizz! It really can rival a good Champagne and is so much lighter on the wallet. Made from 100% Chardonnay – literal translation for Blanc de Blancs is ‘white of whites’ – this is produced in the traditional Champagne method.

The Blancs de Blancs suits all occasions and is delicious as an aperitif. The fine mousse and bubbles are rounded off with the delicacy of its aromas. BUY

Brilliant Burgundy

Posted on: November 23, 2019

The Burgundy region of France is where the Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grape reach their zenith.  The region is a patchwork of appellations and vineyards all with their own unique personalities.  Following a couple of small harvests and a rise in demand, prices have risen and allocations are ever dwindling but we have found a few gems in some of the lesser-known regions and from new up and coming wine makers.  We also have an exciting selection from the southern regions of Macon and Vire Clesse where tremendous value can be found and, of course, Chablis which remains as popular and as unique as ever. We have chosen a small but perfectly formed selection of Burgundies that epitomise the area and their respective grape varieties.   

Click here for the FULL BURGUNDY OFFER….

Seasonal Magnum Offer

Posted on: November 1, 2019
Go large this winter!

This years magnum offer is our biggest yet and features a few new gems
from Seguinot Bordet and Domaine de la Croix Senaillet in Burgundy
along with the outstanding Crozes Hermitage from Domaine Aleofane
and super delicious Sangiovese from San Valentino in Italy. At 30% off,
Henriot Champagne is the real bargain here! This family owned house
has been on top form for the past few years and offers tremendous
quality and value.  Some are in short supply so order quick to avoid
disappointment.

Shop all Magnums Here

SPARKLING MAGNUMS

NEW Henriot Brut Souverain NV Champagne 

Was £72.00 Offer Price £49.99 

WHITE MAGNUMS

Macon Uchizy Domaine Talmard 2017, Burgundy

Was £32.00 Offer Price £26.99

Chablis Seguinot-Bordet 2018
Was £34.99 Offer Price £29.99

NEW Saint Veran Domaine de la Croix Senaillet 2017, Burgundy
Was £35.00 Offer Price £29.99

NEW JJ Prum Riesling Kabinett 2015 Mosel, Germany
Was £52.00 Offer Price £42.99

Chablis 1er Cru ‘Cote de Lechet’ Jean Dauvissat 2016
Was £50.00 Offer Price £44.99

RED MAGNUMS

Chateau Rival Bellevue 2016, Bordeaux Superior

Was £23.99 Offer Price £19.99

NEW Sangiovese ‘Bacaia’ San Valentino 2016 Emilia Romagna, Italy
Was £27.99 Offer Price £24.99

Chateau Gravieres 2015, Graves, Bordeaux, France
Was £29.99 Offer Price £24.99

Meerlust Red (Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot) 2014 Stellenbosch, South Africa
Was £29.99 Offer Price £24.99

NEW Crozes Hermitage, Domaine Aleofane 2018 Rhone Valley
Was £49.99 Offer Price £43.99

Rioja Reserve Marques de Murrieta 2014 Rioja, Spain
Was £48.00 Offer Price £41.99

Meerlust Rubicon 2013 (Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot) Stellenbosch, South Africa
Was £58.00 Offer Price £49.99 

NEW Domaine de Trevallon 2012 (Syrah/Cabernet Sauvignon) Provence
Was £140.00 Offer Price £124.00

Barolo ‘Monprivato’ Giuseppe Mascarello DOCG 2013 Italy
Was £300 Offer Price £285

PORT MAGNUMS

Warres Vintage 1997, Portugal

Was £225.00 Offer Price £199.99

WAYS TO ORDER

To place an order for this amazing offer,
please do not hesitate to get in touch.
We are happy to help!

phone – 01875 595 100 
e-mail – orders@de-burgh.com
online – 
www.de-burgh.com

Fumanelli has landed…

Posted on: August 22, 2019

So, Tarquin headed to Italy earlier in the year with a rough plan that included finding a new Barbera/Langhe Nebbiolo producer along with something modern and exciting from Tuscany. We liked the idea of some Sangiovese based wines, Tuscan blends or a Rosso di Montalcino.  It gives me great pleasure to therefore introduce to you Marchesi Fumanelli, our brand new Valpolicella producer from Veneto! Wait, what?

I’d love to tell you that our buying policy here at de Burgh Wines was a carefully curated plan incorporating a robust strategic approach with a long term vision along with an organised program which identified gaps in the market, future trends and capitalised on current trends. Truth is, it’s a lot more random and I wouldn’t have it any other way. Some of our most loved wines were found when we weren’t looking. I’m a great believer that you focus on what’s in front of you, otherwise something brilliant will pass you by.

The Valpolicella region is located in western Veneto, north of Verona and east of Lake Garda. Production is centred on red indigenous grape varieties of which Corvina is the most-well respected. The wines are usually made with a high proportion of Corvina but blended with a mixture of Rondinella, Corvinone and Molinara amongst other less important ones. Valpolicella, like so many Italian wine regions, has been guilty in the past of overproduction and the pursuit of volume over quality which makes the area synonymous with bland, light, inoffensive wines and undermines the efforts of producers who are making better quality wines of which Fumanelli has always been one.

The Fumanelli estate is old, dating back to 1470 and has been owned by 28 generations of the same family. They are one of the biggest family owned estates in Veneto with 78 acres under vine. They possess that magical combination of history and tradition along with a modern outlook.

What stuck us the most about Fumanelli was just how good the basic Valpolicella Classico Superiore is. The Classico zone is the original permitted zone from before the expansion of the area in 1968. They are widely regarded as the better vineyard sites on the less fertile hillsides. The Superiore wines are aged for one year and must have a minimum alcohol strength of 12% abv. It has great finesse, depth of flavour and freshness along with being packed with wild fruit and herb notes. It’s one of the great examples of Valpolicella Classico Superiore.

The Ripasso style is probably the most interesting wine due to it’s production method and offers superb value for lovers of the Amarone style. The process for making Ripasso simply involves re-fermenting and macerating Amarone pomace (The solid remains of the grapes after pressing) with fresh Valpolicella. In essence, the wine maker is reusing (Ripasso meaning repassed) the leftovers to add colour, flavour, structure and alcohol to the Valpolicella. The result is a wine with all the freshness and joy of Valpolicella but with an added Amarone style punch. It has lovely softness and offers superb value with dark cherry fruit and lovely spice notes from the 12 months in French oak.

The Amarone della Valpolicella Classico is an immense wine with a very distinctive and powerful fruit profile, made from a blend of 40% Corvina, 40% Corvinone and 20% Rondinella. The grapes are hand-picked and left to dry for 120 days which concentrates the flavours within the grapes. A maceration of 25 days, 30 months aging in French oak followed by a further 8 months aging in bottle results in an intense and perfumed wine with ripe red berry fruit, sweet vanilla notes, nutmeg, spice & chocolate. It’s a heady experience to say the least!

The grapes for Amarone della Valpolicella Classico Riserva ‘Octavius’ come from Fumanelli’s older vines which are aged, on average 40 years old. It is a blend of 40% Corvina Veronese, 40% Corvinone & 20% Rondinella. Careful grape selection is the name of the game here before the grapes are left to dry for 120 days to concentrate the flavours. The wine is aged in 500 litre French oak tommeaux for 48 months followed by a further 12 months in bottle before release. The wine has started to take on a slightly brick red colour and is powerful yet elegant with wild cherry, sweet vanilla, nutmeg, mocha and an amazingly warm texture on the pallet.       

The 4 wines are a fantastic addition to our range and I’m sure will feature for years to come. The hunt for Barbera and Tuscan reds continues………

To buy from our shop, please head on over to www.de-burgh.com/shop or alternatively, give our office a call – 01875 595 100

Modern Italian Whites

Posted on: July 29, 2019

Will’s summer guide to Italian white wines…..

I was taking my usual Friday morning stroll through the warehouse to pick out a couple of bottles for the weekend when I was hit by an enormous feeling of nostalgia. My mind had travelled back nearly 20 years to the glory days of wine retail and my body started to warm to the memories and feelings of walking round a Majestic recommending and pointing out bottles for customers.

Italian whites were as popular as ever back then. It was a daily event to be stood in front of the Italian white section recommending Soave, Orvieto, Frascati and, oh what was it called again? Pinot Something, I forget…. Anyway there was always a massive stack of it that seemed to be in vogue at the time. As the warm fuzzy memories took over me I started to crave dry Italian white and went to grab some. My nostalgia was quickly replaced by indecision and a realisation of how Italian white has moved on over the past 20 years. I was spoilt for choice and went on a new journey of discovery.

Starting on the island of Sicily off Italy’s south western coast you’ll find Catarratto Terra Firma 2017 which is a delightfully dry, crisp white with zesty mineral notes and a touch of peachy fruit behind the dominant green apple flavour. At £8.50 it’s a lovely bottle of wine.

As you move on to main land Italy and work your way up the western coast through Calabria and Basilicata you come to the Amalfi coast and the historic city of Naples in the region of Campania. It is here that Italy produces arguably the country’s most exciting white wines. Falanghina, Fiano & Greco all thrive here and all have the ability to make fresh fruity wines for early drinking or to make fuller more complex wines. All three of these are made by the superb co-operative La Guardiense who are based in Santa Lucia in the province of Benevento. The area has undulating hills and plains which creates different micro climates suited to the different grape varieties. The Falanghina Antiche Torri 2018 is sourced from a mixture of sites in the wider Benevento region and is very expressive for it’s humble £7.99 price tag. Saline mineral notes are perfectly balanced with stone fruit, yellow plum and rich citrus. The Greco and Fiano “Janare” 2018’s at £9.99 are both sourced from the sub region of Sannio which has some brilliant hillside vineyards. The Fiano is fresh, citrusy and a delightful almond/ginger finish to it. The Greco is fuller, more intense and explodes with a basket of fruit salad flavours.

From Campania we head due east to the rustic but unfortunately no longer a cheap secret holiday destination of Puglia. Here things get a little bit wacky! It’s estimated that Italy has around 2000 native grape varieties and although production is centred on the top 50ish, there are still wine makers out there who want to rediscover and champion long lost varieties. Gianni Carparelli, owner of I Pastini in the Valle d’Itria which is in land, between Brindisi and Bari is one such example. Locorotondo, I Pastini 2018 (£11.99) is a blend of three local grape varieties – Verdeca (60%), White Alessano (35%) & Minutolo (5%). It’s an extremely elegant and effortless wine with green fruit, apple and tangy lemon. Minutolo ‘Rampone’ I Pastini 2017 (£14.49) was near enough extinct before Gianni brought it back. It’s a unique wine with an exotic Muscat aroma, floral notes, jasmine and tropical fruit – well worth trying.

Further up the Adriatic coast, past Abruzzo is the Marche region. It’s here that the climate in the northern Marche changes from Mediterranean to continental and it’s where we find Italy’s most prised white grape variety – Verdicchio. Aldo Cifola who owns La Monacesca makes one of the region’s best examples which demonstrates just how well the grape can age. Verdicchio di Matelica Riserva ‘Mirum’ La Monacesca 2014 (£21.00) is a heady glass of wine with similar characteristics to white Burgundy. There is no great secret to Aldo’s success. It’s down to low yields, late harvest, old vine Verdicchio sourced from top parcels high in the Apennines. The acidity is electric and the concentration of fruit outstanding. There is no oak, just sweet luscious fruit. Marche is also home to organic producer Saladini Pilastri which has been a firm favourite here since day one. Falerio, Saladini Pilastri 2018 (£8.99) has been a regular with us for many years and offers fantastic value. It’s a blend of Trebbiano, Pecorino and Passerina and is almost too good to be true with its lively pear and lemon fruit.

North of Marche is Emilia Romagna, a food lovely paradise! Eating in Bologna should be on everyone’s bucket list. Further towards the coast in Rimini we find Biodynamic producer San Valentino who make a lovely wine from Grechetto, known locally as Rebola. Rebola ‘Bacaia’ San Valentino 2018 (£12.50) is a tangy, zesty, dry white with nutty spice behind the lush ripe citrus fruit.

It’s not uncommon in Italy for the same grape to be called different names in different regions but it’s north of Emilia Romagna in Lugana DOC which straddles the Veneto and Lombardy regions on the shore of Lake Garda where the biggest confusion lies. Lugana DOC uses the Trebbiano di Lugana grape variety which is not the ubiquitous Trebbiano grown all over Italy but in fact Verdicchio which has now been given the new name of Turbiana. Lugana Nunzio Ghiraldi 2017 (£12.50) is one of the best examples around. A wine that never gives much away on the nose but explodes on the palate with orange blossom, tropical fruit, lime, honey and lemongrass. Snap it up whilst you can because up to 25% of Lugana’s vineyards may be lost to a planned new railway (Sigh).

Due west of Lombardy is the red wine dominated region of Piedmont. The region does however have a few classic white wines with the most famous probably being the 90’s classic Gavi. Gavi Casa Ernesto 2018 (£9.99) is a textbook example made from the Cortese grape. It’s zingy freshness gives the wine an instant appeal and is backed up with lemon and peach fruit to make it a sophisticated choice. Less well known is the Arneis grape which can be found round the hills of Roero. Roero Arneis ‘Camestri’ Marco Porello 2018 (£12.99) is a full bodied effort with layers of flavour and wonderful mineral texture. Lastly and even less well known is Timorasso. This extraordinary grape was almost extinct but has found a new father in Walter Massa who has single handily revived the ancient grape. We owe him a lot of thanks because it is one of Italy’s most wonderful white wines. Timorasso ‘Derthona’ Walter Massa 2016 (£22.00) comes from the steep hills east of Tortona. It produces tiny yields but has immense concentration and develops over time in the glass. Apple, apricot and tangerine notes can all be found. It’s a great example of a white wine that is literally alive in the glass but is not cloudy, oxidised or reeking of cider.

Oh and if none of the 16 grape varieties above get you excited then I’d highly recommend a glass of Pinot Grigio Terrazze della Luna 2018 (£8.99) from Treviso in the Vento region which sounds like it would fit your personality perfectly!

To order online, please go to our shop – https://www.de-burgh.com/shop/

Alternatively, e-mail Will – will@de-burgh.com OR orders@de-burgh.com. If you would prefer to speak to a nice human, please call the office – 01875 595 100

A Taste of Spring

Posted on: March 28, 2019

Spring is officially here. The busy Christmas rush seems like yesterday and we are delighted not to have seen the blizzard conditions we experienced in March last year. Now, our attentions have turned toward Easter and what we are going to be drinking with friends and family. 



A FEW RECOMMENDATIONS……

In addition to the Meyer Fonne Cremant d’Alsace, we added to our list early last year, we have two new Cremants : the extremely classy Domaine de la Verpaille Cremant de Bourgogne and the delicously pinktastic de Chanceny Cremant de Loire. Cremant has always been a fantastic alternative to Champagne due to the same winemaking process – and so much cheaper – we love that each of these Cremants brings something different to the table with different grape varieties from their respective regions. We certainly believe they are a refreshing change to Prosecco! 

Domaine de la Verpaille wowed us late last year, so we decided to ship over the Bourgogne Chardonnay and their two Vire Clesses- the Harmonie and Longchamp. They provide excellent value for money especially compared to their more famous counterparts in Pouilly Fuisse and St Veran. 

The new Sauvignon Gris ‘Cool Coast‘ from Casa Silva is definitely worth a try with its zingy minerality, as is the GrecoJanare from Southern Italy. It is fatter and richer than the Fianoand Falanghina and works perfectly with roasted white meats, cheese and polenta. 

The wines from Bohedal are now old favourites and for Easter, theCrianza and Reserva are just spot on.  Spring lamb and Rioja is the quintessential pairing. 

Bordeaux has always been a firm favourite of ours for Sunday lunch with the family and it continues to be a popular choice for many of our customers also.  We shipped the Saint-Emilion from
Domaine Chante Alouette Cormeil 2002 just before Christmas and we love its’ complexity. It shows a miriad of spice, eucalyptus, leather and wonderful earthiness. A winner with roast beef or cheese board. 

These are just a few suggestions from our Spring offer but we are happy to help with food and wine pairing anytime. Please do not hesitate to get in touch with your wine queries. 


Part des Anges – Domaine Sainte Croix

Posted on: March 6, 2019

Imbibe UK gathered a panel of 25 Somms and asked them to pick their favourite wines under £20. We are fortunate to have them choose one of our wines from Domaine Sainte Croix.

The Part des Anges is a delicious late harvest (natural) old vine Carignan Noir that oozes chocolate, coffee, sweet spice and fig characters.

For more info, follow the link or call the office – 01875 595 100

Pay less, drink better: Wines that taste twice as good as their price tag

Vine Times

Posted on: February 27, 2019

 

We cannot believe that we are nearing the end of February already!

There is so much going on at Fordel that it is hard to keep up at the moment. Time flies when you are busy selling wine!

Alasdair Carnie joins us in March to support the team in the office and warehouse. He comes to us as a keen Marathon runner, is a fluent French speaker and dabbled in the world of Cognac making for several years before settling back in Scotland to work in the Whisky industry. With a history like that, he is going to fit in very nicely here at de Burgh!

The Prosecco bubble is at last beginning to burst and Cremant is becoming a thing again and justly so. In February 2018, we did not have even have one on our list and now we have three – with a view to potentially listing more! The Meyer Fonne was the first Cremant we took on and were very impressed with the oodles of flavour and silky soft finish. The Bourgogne Blancs de Blancs from Verpaille is toasty and yeasty, whilst the de Chanceney Rose from the Loire is packed full of crunchy summer pudding fruit and looks super too. What’s not to love…

The new wines from Domaine de la Verpaille in Burgundy have just arrived at Fordel. Will and Christine found this lovely little estate on their way back from holidaying in France. They are rich, classy and we like to think, fantastic value too. The wines aren’t bad either!

Fordel Mains Estate

We also have a brace of organics from Bodegas la Purisima in Yecla, Spain. A Macabeo and Monastrel, both of which are great value, juicy and tasty. We are really looking forward to  hearing your feedback on them.

We are now gearing up for Spring and planning our Spring Offer along with another photo shoot to get your mouths watering. If you are not already subscribed to our mailing list then follow the link to sign up to avoid missing out on upcoming Spring and Summer offers!

This is just a snippet of what we have been we have been up to since the turn of the year. We can guarantee that there is much more in the pipeline….

Let’s hope that the sun shines again this summer!

 

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