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Over in France, vignerons everywhere are getting ready for the harvest.  It has been quite a growing season. What started with a widespread threat of frost (recall our reports last April of vignerons up in the night burning bales of hay, see below photo) became a summer with record-breaking heat, which itself can create substantial challenges in the vines. During the runup to the harvest, there’s no longer as much to do in the vineyards, but there’s still plenty to worry about.  Heavy rains just before the harvest can dilute the grapes. And the season’s most difficult harvest decision still lies ahead: when exactly to begin picking. 

The rule of thumb for the harvest date is 100 days after the floraison (the flowering), but it’s only a guess, and sometimes the floraison is drawn out enough that it’s difficult to pin down a single day.  These days the vignerons are regularly sampling the grapes, watching sugar and acid levels go in opposite directions, and tasting the skins and pips to judge phenolic ripeness. As if this weren’t enough to worry about, the start date must be set far enough ahead to get the pickers enough time to get the domaine. “It’s a game,” Michel Gros told us; and though he has more than forty vintages under his belt, it’s still not easy for him to make the calls. 

Most domaines will be harvesting around the middle of September, just about the time we’ll get in the last of your orders.  We’re pleased with choices we have for you in the September Futures offering, both in price, place, and style. From Burgundy, there is wine from three excellent producers, ranging from Grand Cru in both red and white to excellent wine from the Maconnais. From the Northern Rhône, there are rare and brilliant wines from Côte Rôtie and Condrieu, along with exceedingly well-priced simpler wines from the same area. There’s an entry from the Southern Rhône and one from the Loire; and we finish up with Champagne. Something for everyone’s taste and budget, we earnestly hope. 

If you find anything of interest, be sure to get your orders (in case and half-case lots) in by the Order Deadline of September 15. We will place orders for the wine immediately thereafter.

Domaine Ravaut

Ladoix, Burgundy

If you want to buy Grand Cru white Burgundy from the Côte d’Or there are just two places to go.  The first is Montrachet and its satellites, which straddle the border between Puligny-Montrachet and Chassagne-Montrachet; the second is the Hill of Corton.   Most wine lovers are well familiar with the first group, but fewer know Corton-Charlemagne, the “other” Grand Cru white Burgundy. The Ravaut family has vines all along the Hill of Corton and their domaine is in Ladoix, at the border between the Côte de Beaune and the Côte de Nuits. They produce Grand Cru Corton in both red and white, and their other wines can be strikingly good.  But the lesser fame of this part of the Côte means good value for the price across their list.

The Ravauts’ Bourgogne blanc 2018 is versatile white Burgundy at a very good price.  The 2018 growing season was very hot and the fruit ripe, so the Ravauts raised half of this wine in vats and half in barrels to preserve the freshness.  It worked: the wine is plenty rich and round in the mouth, but there’s enough freshness to keep the wine in balance. The wine goes well with a lot of meals, and your stocks are likely to diminish quickly. It’s an excellent option for your “house white” — mouthfilling, lively, and affordable.

Ladoix blanc is an insider’s wine. There’s not much uncharted territory in Burgundy these days, but even aficionados can miss the town of Ladoix. And yet many experts consider the village’s best whites to be “baby Corton-Charlemagnes.” Ravaut’s Ladoix “Hautes Murottes” blanc is not a Grand Cru, of course, but the flavor and aromatic characteristics strongly resemble Corton-Charlemagne. This wine comes from 25 year-old vines in a part of the vineyard with lots of limestone, which gives the wine good tension and aging potential. With the 2018 growing season adding ripeness, this would be a good year to try it out if you don’t know it already. 

Of course, there is a small quantity of Corton-Charlemagne itself — the Ravauts’ entire production is only 900 bottles, and we’re allocated far less. We thought the fruit in the 2018 was gorgeous, and there are plenty of stony notes to mingle with it. This wine has a complexity and intensity that is truly impressive, and while the price isn’t small when compared to lower-ranked white Burgundies, in comparison to Grand Cru from around Montrachet, it’s a veritable bargain. Look for notes of gardenia, chalk, pineapple, and dried melon.

The Ravauts’ reds are particularly attractive this year.  As usual, the Côte de Nuits-Villages provides excellent value. The 2017 offers sweet cherry fruit mingled with ripe strawberries.  The tannins are smooth and round, supporting a juicy freshness. This is a wine that should match up with a wide range of foods from the time it arrives. Jancis Robinson found “enjoyable redcurrant juiciness,” and “fine, balanced tannins.” At under $25/bot, this is an excellent everyday red Burgundy.

Aloxe-Corton is the best-known town along the Hill of Corton, and its long-lived reds are rightly renowned. The soils there are full of iron, and they produce dense, dark wines that both need and pay keeping.  Ravaut’s 2017 Aloxe Corton is full of dense, dark fruit and dense, fine grained tannins. There’s a touch of licorice and some stoniness. This is a wine to put at the back of the cellar for a few years to let it soften and round out; but we’re confident that when you open a bottle a few years down the road, you will be glad you have it.  

Our choice among the Domaine’s Ladoix premier cru reds in this vintage is the “Bois Roussot.”  We tasted it just before bottling, and it showed a lovely, expressive nose of ripe strawberries and a seductively smooth mouthfeel — it was perhaps the wine of the tasting back in April.  Jancis Robinson’s reviewer was much impressed by its “sweet red fruit with lots of ripeness and then a leathery, tarry note to finish.” We didn’t notice anything tarry, but we do think this will be an easy drinking wine, including in the nearer term — Vincent called it “éclatante,” meaning “brilliant” or “radiant.” In fact, it will likely be approachable enough when it gets here to make a glass enjoyable all by itself.  

The Hill of Corton is just as famous for its Grand Cru red as for its white, and most critics would put Corton-Bressandes at the top of the list of Corton Grand Cru vineyards. Certainly it is a terrific wine at the Domaine Ravaut, and we have been adding it to our cellar for years now. The 2017 vintage is a silky wine, almost sweet in its intensity.  Writing for Jancis Robinson, Master of Wine Richard Hemming found it “fleshy, ripe, sweetly spiced and wonderfully fruit-forward too. Expressive violet aromas on the nose with crunchy acid and a succulent, silky tannic texture.” In short, every inch a Grand Cru. Hemming predicted a drinking window stretching to 2037, and we’ll be putting some aside for the youngest Wilcox’s future birthdays. 

(case prices)

Bourgogne blanc 2018: $250
Ladoix blanc 2018: $595
Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru 2018: $995

Côte de Nuits-Villages 2017: $295
Ladoix 1er cru “Bois Roussot” 2017: $395
Aloxe-Corton 2017: $425
Corton-Bressandes Grand Cru 2017: $795

Jean-Noël Gagnard

Chassagne-Montrachet, Burgundy

The name Gagnard, like Morey or Colin, is a storied family name in Chassagne-Montrachet, and the Domaine Jean-Noël Gagnard has been a reference point of the village for decades.  Jean-Noël’s daughter Caroline Lestimé has led the winemaking there for more than twenty years now, and the wines continue to be superb. This year we have selected three wines from the range for your consideration. 

The first isn’t from Chassagne at all.  About 20 years ago, Caroline bought vineyard ground near the top of the valley that runs past the village.  The vines are near La Rochepot, in the Hautes Côtes de Beaune appellation. The purchase turned out to be prescient. Careful viticulture has combined with a warming region to render the land she bought very good terroir indeed; and her Hautes Côtes de Beaune “Sous Eguisons” seems to get better every year.  Because she expects these wines to be consumed in the first five years after the harvest, she bottles them under screwcap. Of the 2017 Jasper Morris MW writes: “Fresh energy, lime acidity at the back, good tension, delicious in its style.Allen Meadows (“Burghound”) found that “notes of pear, apple, grapefruit and matchstick precede rich and nicely voluminous flavors, and particularly so for the Hautes Côte, that conclude in a lightly stony, saline and bitter lemon-inflected finish.”  He also thought that this wine would develop over a few years in the cellar, so there should be no hurry to drink it.

At the village level, we again suggest Chassagne-Montrachet “Les Chaumes.” This is classic Chassagne, delivering “weight without heaviness.”  There is lovely lemony fruit in a beautifully balanced blend with oak. Jasper Morris MW thought the wine had “good flesh,” “good acidity” and “fine length.”  We found gorgeous tropical notes in the nose, like coconut, mango and lemon. The mouth is lively and and long. Caroline has steered Chaumes in a slightly more modern style in recent years — a touch less oak, a bit more clarity — and the 2017 is both classic and classy. It’s a wine that will complement any of your most elegant dishes calling for white wine. 

The Domaine’s Chassagne-Montrachet 1er cru “Les Caillerets” is the wine that made Jean-Noël’s reputation and almost always tops the lists of the best premier crus in the village. The distinctive medley of fruit and oak is very much there in the 2017.  Calling the 2017 “a beauty,” Burghound found a “restrained and ultra-fresh nose of citrus, mineral reduction, white flower and soft spice elements.” He thought the flavors “quite racy though with much more minerality that really emerges on the beautifully persistent finish.” Our notes show an impressive, deep nose with real premier cru depth. The minerals for which the vineyard is named come through beautifully, adding layers of definition to the gorgeous, bottomless fruit. This isn’t cheap, but it’s the marriage of masterful winemaking with unrivaled terroir.

*Note that as usual our allocations at Gagnard are limited; orders will be first come, first served, and we expect to sell out of both Chassagnes.

(case prices)

Hautes-Côtes de Beaune Sous Eguisons 2017 :   $350
Chassagne-Montrachet “Chaumes” 2017:   $685
Chassagne-Montrachet 1er cru “Caillerets” 2017:   $1,495

Nicolas Maillet

Verzé, Burgundy

Nicolas Maillet makes delicious white wine from Chardonnay in the Maconnais. He adheres to the principles of biodynamics and organics, and the wines are all produced with long, cool vat fermentations using only ambient yeast. They are all vat-raised as well. The wines are distinctive and strikingly good, much resembling those of Pierette and Marc Guillemot-Michel, the winemakers who sent us to his door.  

Maillet is based in the village of Verzé, and makes two whites from nearby vines — one is labeled Macon-Verzé; the other Macon-Villages.  The Macon-Verzé has a distinctive mineral line. Its vines face east and grow in chalky, limestone soils. Eastern-facing vines get less sun than western-facing vines and so in any vintage show a bit less ripeness and more energy. The Macon-Villages is from vines facing more to the west, so it is always rounder and more mouth filling than the Verzé.  The Verzé has a bit more depth and intensity than the Villages, but both are lovely and classic — unoaked Maconnais chardonnay at its finest. (We’ve shown you this link before, but it shows Nicolas himself discussing the distinction with much energy and personal charm. If you haven’t seen it you’ll get a good feel for the difference between the two wines).  

For years the Pouilly-Fuissé was Maillet’s only oaked white, but beginning in 2016 he began raising it in 100% stainless steel as well. When we asked him about his decision to omit oak from the winemaking, he explained it simply: “I realized the wine is good enough without oak; it doesn’t need it. So why add it?”

Maillet’s Pouilly-Fuissé vines are from an extraordinary plot: vines planted in 1945, from one of a handful of terroirs recently elevated to Premier Cru status. (The new status will appear on the label beginning in 2017.) Longtime readers may remember the now-retired Michel Forests’s excellent “Sur la Roche” cuvée — Maillet’s vines are from the same vineyard.

One taste of this wine and we think you’ll agree: it’s not missing anything. The terroir gives extraordinary complexity on its own — baked lemon, minerals, flowers, and herbs melt into a gorgeous and pulsating texture. The nose is expressive and delicate; the mouth is startlingly long. But, as with everything else graced by the “Maillet touch,” the balance is impeccable: acidity, richness, length and aromatics all in perfect harmony.

(case prices)

Macon-Villages 2018 :   $225
Macon-Verzé 2017:   $250
Pouilly-Fuissé 2016:   $350

Domaine Saint Clair

Crozes-Hermitage, Northern Rhône

Denis Basset’s Domaine St. Clair continues to offer extraordinary value in Crozes-Hermitage and St. Joseph, companion appellations to the more famous wines of Côte Rotie and Hermitage. You may recall his story — he took over his family’s vines as a second profession after surviving a near-death encounter with a 20,000 volt electric line. With more than a decade now under his belt, he is turning out beautiful all-Syrah reds and lush whites made from Marsanne and Roussane. 

Basset’s Crozes-Hermitage blanc is so popular among restaurants in the area that we had to wait a number of years for our first allocation. The weight of the wine is a bit like a Condrieu — it is rich and ripe, with exuberant aromas of tropical fruits — but with better freshness. It will make a lovely apéritif throughout the fall and winter — try it with green vegetables (asparagus, brussels sprouts), or a creamy cheese on crusty bread.

Like its better-known neighbors, red Crozes-Hermitage is 100% Syrah, and its location at the northern end of Syrah’s range means that it can produce wines of elegance and finesse. Denis Basset makes two cuvées — both are available in 750 and magnum.  His regular cuvée, “Etincelle” (French for spark, a reference to the inspiration for his winemaking) offers extraordinary value. The 2017 vintage shows a profile typical of Northern Rhône red: a floral nose recalling violets, dark ripe fruit, and some pleasant peppery notes. This wine should drink well soon after it settles down from its voyage, and will continue to knit together over its first year in the cellar. 

For a bit more than another dollar per bottle, Denis offers “Fleur Enchantée,” a second cuvée from older vines.  It’s a more powerful, concentrated wine than Étincelle, and it begins its life with a bit more structure; but generally it’s of a piece with the regular cuvée. You won’t go wrong with either wine, it’s just that Fleur has a bit more extraction than the Etincelle.  If you don’t know which better suits your taste, consider buying some of each and trying them side by side. 

(case prices)

Crozes-Hermitage blanc 2017 :   $235

Crozes-Hermitage “Etincelle” 2017:   $235
Crozes-Hermitage “Etincelle” 2017 (6x  1.5L):   $235

Crozes-Hermitage “Fleur Enchantée” 2017:   $250
Crozes-Hermitage “Fleur Enchantée” 2017 (6x  1.5L):   $250

Domaine Bonnefond

Côte Rôtie, Northern Rhône Valley

We have now seen more than fifteen vintages from the talented winemaking at the Domaine Patrick & Christophe Bonnefond, and it has been a pleasure to watch their style evolve.  The Northern Rhône offers the greatest potential for wines from Syrah of any place in the world. In the early days, the Bonnefonds’ wines were notable for their power and energy; and while they remain intense there has been a steady turn toward finesse and elegance.  The use of oak is subtler now, the clarity of the fruit always showing through.  

We’re not the only ones to notice. This summer’s Vinous article on the 2017 vintage projected ratings of 91-93 for the Côte Rôtie “Colline de Couzou” and 93-95 for the better-known Côte Rôtie vineyards “Rochains” and “Rozier.”  Josh Raynolds found the regular cuvée “sweet, seamless, and focused on the palate, where a smoky mineral quality sharpens primary black/blue fruit liqueur flavors.” He is right. When we visited in April, Colline de Couzou 2017 was just 10 days in the bottle.  It is richer than the 2016, but the weight of the wine was enormously attractive; it’s in the heart of the sweet spot between too much extraction and too little. 

The wines from the more celebrated vineyards that so inspired Josh Raynolds were also just right.  When we tasted them shortly before their mise en bouteilles, Côte Rozier was showing gorgeous ripe fruit in the nose and a mouth filling intensity. There’s more structure here, and the wine will show its best somewhat later than the Colline de Couzou. The Vinous notes refer to “ripe, spice-accented black/blue fruits, licorice and olive paste on the explosively perfumed nose,” and call it “rich and broad but lively as well, finishing with outstanding clarity. . . .”

The Rochains 2017 is at least as impressive.  Its tannins are particularly fine and silky — “enrobé,” as the French put it. And complexity abounds. The Syrah’s peppery notes mingle with a whole range of others: Raynolds praised the “exotically perfumed bouquet,” mentioning “potpourri, smoky minerals, . . . boysenberry, spicecake, and floral pastille.”   These wines will have a long drinking window, probably at their very best between five and fifteen years after the harvest.

The world would beat a path to this domaine for the reds alone, but their Condrieu is among the best in Viognier in the world. Condrieu is no longer the only place to find this grape, but it is still undoubtedly the best. Christophe Bonnefond’s deft touch shows in the 2018 as well:  the oak is muted and he harvested a bit earlier than usual to assure sufficient freshness. The result is a lavish wine with a gorgeous nose of exotic fruits — tangerines, pears, and white peaches.

Of course not all of us can serve Condrieu and Côte Rôtie  for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and fortunately the Bonnefonds also make wines for more regular drinking.  Their 2018 Syrah comes from two parcels of vines between 10 and 30 years old. While the wine won’t reach the heights of complexity and intensity in the Côte Rôtie, it offers lovely blackberry fruit and peppery spice flavors.  The vintage is a ripe one, but the wine shows Christophe’s efforts to keep the wine fresh and focused, and should provide plenty of good drinking in the near term. 

The 2018 Viognier is of a piece with the Syrah — if not quite rivaling the Condrieu, it is nonetheless a fine expression of the grape.  There’s plenty of freshness (as he harvested this on the early side too), but the main theme is richness. This is a wine for swirling in a balloon glass to show off the expressive nose of exotic fruit — quince, white peaches and maybe a bit of apricot. 

(case prices)

Syrah 2018 :   $195
Côte Rôtie 2017 :   $495
Côte Rôtie “Rozier” 2017 :   $650
Côte Rôtie “Rochains” 2017:   $650

Viognier 2018:   $250
Condrieu 2018:  $495

Domaine Souverain

Sablet, Southern Rhône Valley

Eric Chauvin makes wines that are easy to buy and easy to drink.  We happened upon them a few years ago on the day we arrived in France for a buying trip. It’s a bit of work to stay awake the first day, when the sun has come up in the middle of your night and you’re getting by on just a few hours of sleep; and we settled into our seats at the restaurant without any plans except for a light meal and an early bed.  But the wine delighted us and before we left the Southern Rhône we had a new producer for our list.

If you’re a fan of Côtes du Rhône — smooth, ripe reds with a plummy mix of Grenache and Syrah — you should give these a try.  They offer more than the typical Côtes du Rhône but at a price in the same category. The Seguret 2018 is 65% Grenache, 30% Syrah, and 5% Mourvedre.  It’s entirely vat raised, so the fruit is front and center. The wine is smooth and round, with a nice balance — a good match for your first tailgate or first stew of the fall. Souverain is entirely organic, and the wines show an earthy complexity that’s unusual for their pricepoint.

If you like some oak influence in your wine, consider the Sablet Reserve, which spends 10 months in demi-muids (oak barrels that are larger than those from Burgundy). This wine is warmer than the Seguret — one degree more of alcohol — so it will feel bigger and richer, with a bit less structure.  Look for jammier notes of plums and violets, with garrigue and lavender. Which you choose is entirely a matter of personal taste. 

(case prices)

Séguret Classique 2018 :   $165
Sablet Reserve 2017 :   $185

Domaine des Sanzay

Saumur-Champigny, Loire Valley

The Loire continues to be the heart of France’s progressive winemaking movement. As Wine Writer Rajat Parr put it recently, “In recent years, no region of France has captured the fancy of sommeliers and young wine lovers like the Loire Valley.”

We know what he means. We’ve found ourselves opening more and more Loire Valley wines recently, whatever the occasion. Organic viticulture, balanced wines, and affordable prices have all become the default in the Loire, a trend we celebrate enthusiastically. In particular when matching with food, Loire wines often pair effortlessly and beautifully.

Last year we discovered the Domaine des Sanzay in Saumur-Champigny, in the central Loire. Their vines are near the Saumur superstar “Clos Rougeard,” a darling of the Celebrity Sommelier Instagram set. But Sanzay’s domaine is a bit lower profile — the family are fifth generation winemakers (their son Ludovic is the 6th), making humble, affordable wines that overperform their price points.  We’ve chosen three to include in September Futures.


We’ll begin with our first white from Sanzay: the 2018 Saumur blanc “Coinçons.” Like other central Loire whites, this is pure Chenin blanc, made from 50 year old vines. It’s fermented in barrels (half of which are new) with regular lees stirring. We were surprised  at how much we enjoyed Coinçons — the Chenin handles the oak beautifully, supporting rather than hiding the gorgeous Chenin fruit. The nose shows pears, white flowers, fine minerality and perfume; the mouth is dry but lush, with gorgeous fruit, excellent crispness, and tons of energy and life. Think the weight of a Condrieu, the fruit of a Vouvray, and the freshness of a fine Chablis: a perfect winter white.

Sanzay’s Saumur-Champigny rouge 2018 is exactly what you want it to be: pure, joyful, unoaked, refreshing Cabernet Franc. Clean, juicy fruits burst from the glass on the nose — think wild cherries & fine gravel. The mouth is clean, fruit forward, inky, and intense, like a juicy Beaujolais with punchier texture. Pair this with anything calling for a lively red — the wine is so jubilant and easy you’ll want a bottle around at all times. Anything from cheese and crackers to a fine roast chicken will match with ease.


We generally prefer our Cabernet Franc unoaked and pure (see last paragraph), but it’s hard to pass up Sanzay’s Saumur-Champigny rouge “Beauregard” from 2016. If you like your Loire reds more serious and ageworthy, here’s an exciting find. Today the nose shows toasty oak, but it’s already started to integrate beautifully into the fruit; and we expect the trend to continue. The 50+ year old vines contribute impressive richness, which the Sanzays have handled masterfully — despite all of the inky, old-vine material, the shape of the wine remains fine and precise (even angular). This is Cabernet Franc at its most Burgundian — intense, earthy fruit that somehow retains its lift and sophistication. We expect this to improve for another 3-4 years, and wouldn’t be surprised it it was still impressive in 10.

(case prices)

Samur blanc “Coinçons” 2018 :   $245
Samur-Champigny 2018 :   $185
Samur-Champigny “Beauregard” 2016 :   $325

Domaine Pascal Bardoux

Montagne de Reims, Champagne

For many years we passed Champagne by in favor of well priced Crémant: from Bourgogne, from the Alsace, and from the Jura. None of the Champagnes we tried quite seemed worth the threefold increase in price. But at a dinner several years ago Michel Gros served us some grower Champagne from his friend Pascal Bardoux, a classmate from viticulture school. When we learned that Michel served Bardoux’s Champagne at his own wedding, we decided to visit at the first opportunity.

No surprise — Michel knew what he was talking about. Pascal Bardoux makes beautiful Champagne from premier cru vineyards in Villedommange in Champagne’s Montagne de Reims. We are proud to be his only US importer, and our enthusiasm for his wine increases as we find more and more occasions to open it. That enthusiasm is shared, as his wines regularly win mentions from the Guide Hachette, and he recently won a gold medal at the Effervescents du Monde competition.

Bardoux’s Cuvée Traditionnel NV shows a refinement and clarity that beats most $60+ bottles from the big houses with big names.  At a futures price under $40 it may be the best value in our portfolio. The bubbles are fine and the fruit delicious. Match a glass of this with a good Camembert, bien affiné, and you will have a perfect preface to any dinner party. A few years ago we opened it alongside a standard non-vintage cuvée from one of Champagne’s best known houses — there was no contest, the Bardoux was twice as interesting at nearly half the price.

For something a bit more intense, we love Bardoux’s Champagne Rosé. It’s about 50% Pinot Meunier, 35% Chardonnay, and 15% Pinot Noir — a blend that gives a noticeable dose of savory, spiced notes. There’s a pretty line of strawberry fruit wrapped into the same elegant base, and the wine pairs as easily with food as a blanc de blancs.  We often enjoy this wine all by itself, as an aperitif. Come Thanksgiving and Holiday season, this will be a classy addition to your table.

We tasted Bardoux’s 2013 Millesimé the same way we first discovered his wine four years ago: at the dinner table of Michel Gros. Michel’s wife Georgia is a professionally trained (and exceptional) cook, and always delights in finding delicacies from all corners of Europe to serve us . In April, she served us the 2013 Champagne with wild boar prosciutto from the Basque Country — an unlikely choice that made the success of the pairing that much more impressive. Bardoux’s 2013s have just been disgorged after resting on lees for nearly five years. The result of this ageing is a depth and complexity that we’d put next to some of our favorite wines from Burgundy or Bordeaux. The nose shows rich, buttery brioche, with minerals, chalk, white flowers, and lime rind; the mouth is a step or two fresher than the 2010, and while it may not age as well, by Christmas it will make quite a treat. This is substantial, elegant, polished wine, that just happens to be sparkling. If it’s in your budget, we recommend it highly. (And if you ever meet Georgia Gros and she invites you to dinner, cancel your other plans.) 

(case prices)

Champagne Brut Traditionnel NV:   $450
Champagne Brut Rosé NV :   $495
Champagne Millesimé 2013 :   $650

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