Vérité Winery

About Vérité Winery

Described by Robert M. Parker, Jr. as “one of the most extraordinary men in the wine world I have ever met”, Jess Jackson had a vision for a winery that would treat Californian terroir with the same enthusiasm and respect as those in France. An encounter with Pierre Seillan in the early 1990s confirmed that Jackson had found his vigneron, and the pair founded Vérité (French for “truth”) with the express intention of being as truthful as possible to the more than 50 “micro-crus” across three appellations from which the estate sources.

Viniculture

Truth, transparency and terroir characteristics are the single most significant guiding principle of Pierre Seillan as a winemaker, who passionately repeats his mantra of “la droit du sol” - “the right of the soil”. Three distinct yet equally brilliant cuvées are produced, with each representing a unique blending of varietals, climate, soil and winemaking.

These three wines are titled La Muse, La Joie and Le Désir. La Muse is a Merlot dominant blend, with a touch of Cabernet Franc (5%) and Malbec (2%) - the resulting wine is elegant, graceful and impossibly silky.

La Joie is Cabernet Sauvignon based, supported by 11% Merlot and 5% Petit Verdot. The resulting wine is incredibly pure, focused and aristocratic, displaying classic varietal notes of redcurrants, blackcurrants, menthol and fresh sage - gloriously complex with a savoury edge to temper the gorgeous fruit.

Finally, Le Désir is Vérité’s glorious expression of Cabernet Franc alongside 12% Merlot and 6% Malbec. One of the single greatest Cabernet Franc dominant wines in the world, it is beguilingly complex and spicy on the nose and palate, with hints of star anise, vanilla and warm toast are undercut by a pronounced iron minerality and beautifully fine tannins.

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Year Wine Region Format Qty Score Price Wishlist
Verite Assortment 2015 (3x75cl)
Inc. VAT: £1,073.03
2015

Verite Assortment 2015 (3x75cl) A collaboration between winemakers Jess Jackson and Pierre Seillan, Vérité was launched with the aim of creating wines from Sonoma that could rival that of Pétrus. Since its inaugural vintage in 1998, Vérité has achieved colossal success, including being awarded seven 100 point scores from Robert M. Parker Jr. Guided by Pierre Seillan’s micro-cru philosophy and over 50 years of experience, Vérité produces 3 blends – La Joie, La Muse and La Désir, from a myriad of over 50 distinct plots spread across 4 appellations across Sonoma - namely Knights Valley, Alexander Valley, Chalk Hill and Bennet Valley AVAs.

It contains one bottle of each:

1x75cl La Joie 2015 - 99 Points | Lisa Perrotti-Brown (Wine Advocate)

1x75cl La Muse 2015 - 97 Points | Lisa Perrotti-Brown (Wine Advocate)

1x75cl La Désir 2015 - 100 Points | Lisa Perrotti-Brown (Wine Advocate)

Delivery to Storage from 9 Dec 2021

California 3x75cl 1 100 Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £1,073.03
Verite Assortment 2016 (3x75cl)
Inc. VAT: £1,130.02
2016

Verite Assortment 2016 (3x75cl)

Jeb Dunnuck (La Muse) (100)

Including the highest percentage of Merlot (at the moment anyway), the 2016 La Muse checks in as 93% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc, and the balance Malbec that spent 15-16 months in roughly 90% new French oak. This magical wine shows how good Merlot (and Sonoma) can be and offers extraordinary notes of crushed violets, spring flowers, scorched earth, graphite, black cherries, and crème de cassis. As elegant and seamless as they come, it’s full-bodied, perfectly balanced, has an incredible spine of acidity and tannins, and a finish that won’t quit. It has the class and purity to drink well even today, but it’s not going to hit prime time for at least another decade and will keep for 3-4 decades. Bravo!
In Stock in Bordeaux

California 3x75cl 1 100 (JD) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £1,130.02
Verite Assortment 2017 (3x75cl)
Inc. VAT: £1,343.03
2017

Verite Assortment 2017 (3x75cl) LA MUSE 2017
100% Merlot
99 Points - Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Wine Advocate
98 Points - Jeb Dunnuck
98 Points - James Suckling
96 Points - Antonio Galloni, Vinous

LA JOIE 2017
70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 16% Cabernet Franc, 10% Merlot, 4% Petit Verdot
98+ Points - Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Wine Advocate
100 Points - Jeb Dunnuck
98 Points - James Suckling
96 Points - Antonio Galloni, Vinous

LE DESIR 2017
80% Cabernet Franc, 17% Merlot, 3% Malbec
98 Points - Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Wine Advocate
98+ Points - Jeb Dunnuck
98 Points - James Suckling
98 Points - Antonio Galloni, Vinous
In Stock in Bordeaux

California 3x75cl 1 - Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £1,343.03
Verite La Joie 2006 (6x75cl)
Inc. VAT: £2,112.47
2006

Verite La Joie 2006 (6x75cl)

Wine Advocate (92)

This blend of 64% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Merlot, 12% Cabernet Franc and the rest Petit Verdot and Malbec is a broodingly burly, masculine wine with lots of intensity and richness, but not the finesse, charm or overall complexity of top vintages of La Joie. More undeveloped and monolithic than usual, it may simply need additional time in the bottle.
Delivery to Storage from 1 Dec 2021

California 6x75cl 1 92 (WA) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £2,112.47
Verite La Joie 2013 (6x75cl)
Inc. VAT: £1,876.07
2013

Verite La Joie 2013 (6x75cl)

Wine Advocate (100)

The 2013 La Joie, which is 46% from Knights Valley, 32% from Chalk Hill and 22% from Alexander Valley, is a blend of 71% Cabernet Sauvignon, 16% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Franc and 5% Petit Verdot. Showing loads of graphite, cedar wood, charcoal, crème de cassis and forest floor, this may well turn out to be a 50+-year wine. It tastes like a great first-growth Pauillac and has an amazing amount of complexity and richness.
Delivery to Storage from 1 Dec 2021

California 6x75cl 47 100 (WA) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £1,876.07
Verite La Joie 2014 (3x75cl)
Inc. VAT: £833.63
2014

Verite La Joie 2014 (3x75cl)

Wine Advocate (97+)

The 2014 La Joie has a spicy black purple color and a big, sweet kiss of camphor, black truffle, pen ink, blackcurrants and unsmoked cigar tobacco, followed by layers of fruit and glycerin in an opulent, beautifully savory, pure and multidimensional wine. The final blend Seillan produced in 2014 was 78% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Merlot, 7% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot. This is a compellingly great effort once again. It should be given 2-5 years of bottle age, then drunk over the following three decades.
Delivery to Storage from 1 Dec 2021

California 3x75cl 10 97+ (WA) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £833.63
Verite La Muse 2006 (6x75cl)
Inc. VAT: £2,112.47
2006

Verite La Muse 2006 (6x75cl)

Wine Advocate (92)

Composed of 86% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc and 4% Malbec from Chalk Hill, Bennett Valley, Knight’s Valley and Alexander Mountain Estate vineyards, the 2006 is a chunkier, more monolithic, deeply colored La Muse. It is capable of saturating the palate with full body in addition to revealing more tannin, structure and foresty, meaty, animal-like notes as well as a distinctive truffle-like component. Drink it over the next 15-20 years.
Delivery to Storage from 1 Dec 2021

California 6x75cl 1 92 (WA) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £2,112.47
Verite La Muse 2012 (6x75cl)
Inc. VAT: £1,706.87
2012

Verite La Muse 2012 (6x75cl)

Wine Advocate (97)

The 2012 La Muse, which is 85% Merlot, 11% Cabernet Franc and 4% Malbec, is a smaller cuvée of 1,840 cases. The wine has plenty of spice box, cedar wood, Christmas fruitcake and Asian plum sauce, along with black cherry and blackcurrant fruit. Ripe, round, full-bodied and opulent, this is a wine that can be drunk now or cellared for another three decades. Interestingly, the alcohol levels are not all that high in any of these wines, with most of them rarely exceeding 14.3%.
Delivery to Storage from 1 Dec 2021

California 6x75cl 1 97 (WA) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £1,706.87
Verite La Muse 2013 (6x75cl)
Inc. VAT: £1,876.07
2013

Verite La Muse 2013 (6x75cl)

Wine Advocate (100)

The 2013 La Muse, like all of the 2013s, comes about one-third from Alexander Valley vineyards, 40-plus percent from Chalk Hill, and the rest Knights Valley and Bennett Valley – all high-elevation hillside vineyards. A blend of 89% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Franc and 3% Malbec at 14.3% alcohol, the wine is amazingly like a great vintage of Petrus, with mulberry, black cherry, licorice, truffle and unctuous, thick, juicy fruit all present in this full-bodied masterpiece. The tannins are still present. The wine has purity and savory presence and is remarkable. The finish goes on for well past a minute. This wine would probably benefit from 5-8 years of bottle age and last 40-50 years.
Delivery to Storage from 1 Dec 2021

California 6x75cl 48 100 (WA) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £1,876.07
Verite La Muse 2014 (3x75cl)
Inc. VAT: £801.23
2014

Verite La Muse 2014 (3x75cl)

Wine Advocate (100)

The 2014 La Muse (2,800 cases ) is a legendary effort. The wine offers an opaque purple color and a gorgeous nose of lead pencil shavings, blackberry, incense, Asian spice, cocoa, plum, and a touch of chocolate and barrique. On the palate, more cassis and blackberry come to the forefront. The wine is unctuous, with adequate acidity and a stunning energy underneath the massive fruit and body. This is a spectacularly fragrant and, at the same time, dense wine, with enough structure (somewhat surprising in this vintage) to last 35-45+ years. The final blend was 88% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc and 2% Malbec.
Delivery to Storage from 1 Dec 2021

California 3x75cl 10 100 (WA) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £801.23
Verite Le Desir 2012 (6x75cl)
Inc. VAT: £1,648.07
2012

Verite Le Desir 2012 (6x75cl)

Wine Advocate (100)

The 2012 Le Desir (64% Cabernet Franc, 24% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Sauvignon and 4% Malbec) reminds me of a young vintage of Ausone, such as 2005. The wine has amazing minerality and an explosive blueberry nose intermixed with blackberries, new saddle leather, charcoal and camphor. It is full-bodied, with espresso notes emerging on the palate. There are 1,900 cases of this super-endowed, prodigious wine that should drink well for 35-40 years. How fun it would be for mega-millionaires to put this in a blind tasting of a great vintage of Ausone in 10, 20 or 30 years from now.
1 In Stock - Immediate Delivery

California 6x75cl 1 100 (WA) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £1,648.07
Verite Le Desir 2013 (1x150cl)
Inc. VAT: £688.16
2013

Verite Le Desir 2013 (1x150cl)

Wine Advocate (99)

The 2013 Le Desir represents 2,500 cases. This is the softest of the three wines in 2013, and this blend of 61% Cabernet Franc, 23% Merlot, 11% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Malbec emerges with more than half of the cuvée coming from Hillsides in Alexander Valley, 37% from Chalk Hill and the rest tiny dollops from Bennett Valley and Knights Valley. Opaque purple, like its siblings, the wine is showing incredible floral, blueberry and espresso notes, exotic Asian spices, velvety texture, a supple, multilayered mouthfeel and incredible finish, with incense and licorice. This is magnificent young wine, with a good 40-50 years of upside potential. Pierre Seillan is justifiably proud of what he has achieved, and his first vintage of Vérité was only 1998, but they go from strength to strength.
Delivery to Storage from 1 Dec 2021

California 1x150cl 1 99 (WA) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £688.16
Verite Le Desir 2013 (6x75cl)
Inc. VAT: £1,399.67
2013

Verite Le Desir 2013 (6x75cl)

Wine Advocate (99)

The 2013 Le Desir represents 2,500 cases. This is the softest of the three wines in 2013, and this blend of 61% Cabernet Franc, 23% Merlot, 11% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Malbec emerges with more than half of the cuvée coming from Hillsides in Alexander Valley, 37% from Chalk Hill and the rest tiny dollops from Bennett Valley and Knights Valley. Opaque purple, like its siblings, the wine is showing incredible floral, blueberry and espresso notes, exotic Asian spices, velvety texture, a supple, multilayered mouthfeel and incredible finish, with incense and licorice. This is magnificent young wine, with a good 40-50 years of upside potential. Pierre Seillan is justifiably proud of what he has achieved, and his first vintage of Vérité was only 1998, but they go from strength to strength.
Delivery to Storage from 1 Dec 2021

California 6x75cl 1 99 (WA) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £1,399.67
Year Wine Region Format Qty Score Price Wishlist
Verite Assortment 2015 (3x75cl)
In Bond: £887.50
2015

Verite Assortment 2015 (3x75cl) A collaboration between winemakers Jess Jackson and Pierre Seillan, Vérité was launched with the aim of creating wines from Sonoma that could rival that of Pétrus. Since its inaugural vintage in 1998, Vérité has achieved colossal success, including being awarded seven 100 point scores from Robert M. Parker Jr. Guided by Pierre Seillan’s micro-cru philosophy and over 50 years of experience, Vérité produces 3 blends – La Joie, La Muse and La Désir, from a myriad of over 50 distinct plots spread across 4 appellations across Sonoma - namely Knights Valley, Alexander Valley, Chalk Hill and Bennet Valley AVAs.

It contains one bottle of each:

1x75cl La Joie 2015 - 99 Points | Lisa Perrotti-Brown (Wine Advocate)

1x75cl La Muse 2015 - 97 Points | Lisa Perrotti-Brown (Wine Advocate)

1x75cl La Désir 2015 - 100 Points | Lisa Perrotti-Brown (Wine Advocate)

Delivery to Storage from 9 Dec 2021

California 3x75cl 1 100 Read Review/Description In Bond: £887.50
Verite Assortment 2016 (3x75cl)
In Bond: £934.99
2016

Verite Assortment 2016 (3x75cl)

Jeb Dunnuck (La Muse) (100)

Including the highest percentage of Merlot (at the moment anyway), the 2016 La Muse checks in as 93% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc, and the balance Malbec that spent 15-16 months in roughly 90% new French oak. This magical wine shows how good Merlot (and Sonoma) can be and offers extraordinary notes of crushed violets, spring flowers, scorched earth, graphite, black cherries, and crème de cassis. As elegant and seamless as they come, it’s full-bodied, perfectly balanced, has an incredible spine of acidity and tannins, and a finish that won’t quit. It has the class and purity to drink well even today, but it’s not going to hit prime time for at least another decade and will keep for 3-4 decades. Bravo!
In Stock in Bordeaux

California 3x75cl 1 100 (JD) Read Review/Description In Bond: £934.99
Verite Assortment 2017 (3x75cl)
In Bond: £1,112.50
2017

Verite Assortment 2017 (3x75cl) LA MUSE 2017
100% Merlot
99 Points - Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Wine Advocate
98 Points - Jeb Dunnuck
98 Points - James Suckling
96 Points - Antonio Galloni, Vinous

LA JOIE 2017
70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 16% Cabernet Franc, 10% Merlot, 4% Petit Verdot
98+ Points - Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Wine Advocate
100 Points - Jeb Dunnuck
98 Points - James Suckling
96 Points - Antonio Galloni, Vinous

LE DESIR 2017
80% Cabernet Franc, 17% Merlot, 3% Malbec
98 Points - Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Wine Advocate
98+ Points - Jeb Dunnuck
98 Points - James Suckling
98 Points - Antonio Galloni, Vinous
In Stock in Bordeaux

California 3x75cl 1 - Read Review/Description In Bond: £1,112.50
Verite La Joie 2006 (6x75cl)
In Bond: £1,747.00
2006

Verite La Joie 2006 (6x75cl)

Wine Advocate (92)

This blend of 64% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Merlot, 12% Cabernet Franc and the rest Petit Verdot and Malbec is a broodingly burly, masculine wine with lots of intensity and richness, but not the finesse, charm or overall complexity of top vintages of La Joie. More undeveloped and monolithic than usual, it may simply need additional time in the bottle.
Delivery to Storage from 1 Dec 2021

California 6x75cl 1 92 (WA) Read Review/Description In Bond: £1,747.00
Verite La Joie 2013 (6x75cl)
In Bond: £1,550.00
2013

Verite La Joie 2013 (6x75cl)

Wine Advocate (100)

The 2013 La Joie, which is 46% from Knights Valley, 32% from Chalk Hill and 22% from Alexander Valley, is a blend of 71% Cabernet Sauvignon, 16% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Franc and 5% Petit Verdot. Showing loads of graphite, cedar wood, charcoal, crème de cassis and forest floor, this may well turn out to be a 50+-year wine. It tastes like a great first-growth Pauillac and has an amazing amount of complexity and richness.
Delivery to Storage from 1 Dec 2021

California 6x75cl 47 100 (WA) Read Review/Description In Bond: £1,550.00
Verite La Joie 2014 (3x75cl)
In Bond: £688.00
2014

Verite La Joie 2014 (3x75cl)

Wine Advocate (97+)

The 2014 La Joie has a spicy black purple color and a big, sweet kiss of camphor, black truffle, pen ink, blackcurrants and unsmoked cigar tobacco, followed by layers of fruit and glycerin in an opulent, beautifully savory, pure and multidimensional wine. The final blend Seillan produced in 2014 was 78% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Merlot, 7% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot. This is a compellingly great effort once again. It should be given 2-5 years of bottle age, then drunk over the following three decades.
Delivery to Storage from 1 Dec 2021

California 3x75cl 10 97+ (WA) Read Review/Description In Bond: £688.00
Verite La Muse 2006 (6x75cl)
In Bond: £1,747.00
2006

Verite La Muse 2006 (6x75cl)

Wine Advocate (92)

Composed of 86% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc and 4% Malbec from Chalk Hill, Bennett Valley, Knight’s Valley and Alexander Mountain Estate vineyards, the 2006 is a chunkier, more monolithic, deeply colored La Muse. It is capable of saturating the palate with full body in addition to revealing more tannin, structure and foresty, meaty, animal-like notes as well as a distinctive truffle-like component. Drink it over the next 15-20 years.
Delivery to Storage from 1 Dec 2021

California 6x75cl 1 92 (WA) Read Review/Description In Bond: £1,747.00
Verite La Muse 2012 (6x75cl)
In Bond: £1,409.00
2012

Verite La Muse 2012 (6x75cl)

Wine Advocate (97)

The 2012 La Muse, which is 85% Merlot, 11% Cabernet Franc and 4% Malbec, is a smaller cuvée of 1,840 cases. The wine has plenty of spice box, cedar wood, Christmas fruitcake and Asian plum sauce, along with black cherry and blackcurrant fruit. Ripe, round, full-bodied and opulent, this is a wine that can be drunk now or cellared for another three decades. Interestingly, the alcohol levels are not all that high in any of these wines, with most of them rarely exceeding 14.3%.
Delivery to Storage from 1 Dec 2021

California 6x75cl 1 97 (WA) Read Review/Description In Bond: £1,409.00
Verite La Muse 2013 (6x75cl)
In Bond: £1,550.00
2013

Verite La Muse 2013 (6x75cl)

Wine Advocate (100)

The 2013 La Muse, like all of the 2013s, comes about one-third from Alexander Valley vineyards, 40-plus percent from Chalk Hill, and the rest Knights Valley and Bennett Valley – all high-elevation hillside vineyards. A blend of 89% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Franc and 3% Malbec at 14.3% alcohol, the wine is amazingly like a great vintage of Petrus, with mulberry, black cherry, licorice, truffle and unctuous, thick, juicy fruit all present in this full-bodied masterpiece. The tannins are still present. The wine has purity and savory presence and is remarkable. The finish goes on for well past a minute. This wine would probably benefit from 5-8 years of bottle age and last 40-50 years.
Delivery to Storage from 1 Dec 2021

California 6x75cl 48 100 (WA) Read Review/Description In Bond: £1,550.00
Verite La Muse 2014 (3x75cl)
In Bond: £661.00
2014

Verite La Muse 2014 (3x75cl)

Wine Advocate (100)

The 2014 La Muse (2,800 cases ) is a legendary effort. The wine offers an opaque purple color and a gorgeous nose of lead pencil shavings, blackberry, incense, Asian spice, cocoa, plum, and a touch of chocolate and barrique. On the palate, more cassis and blackberry come to the forefront. The wine is unctuous, with adequate acidity and a stunning energy underneath the massive fruit and body. This is a spectacularly fragrant and, at the same time, dense wine, with enough structure (somewhat surprising in this vintage) to last 35-45+ years. The final blend was 88% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc and 2% Malbec.
Delivery to Storage from 1 Dec 2021

California 3x75cl 10 100 (WA) Read Review/Description In Bond: £661.00
Verite Le Desir 2012 (6x75cl)
In Bond: £1,360.00
2012

Verite Le Desir 2012 (6x75cl)

Wine Advocate (100)

The 2012 Le Desir (64% Cabernet Franc, 24% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Sauvignon and 4% Malbec) reminds me of a young vintage of Ausone, such as 2005. The wine has amazing minerality and an explosive blueberry nose intermixed with blackberries, new saddle leather, charcoal and camphor. It is full-bodied, with espresso notes emerging on the palate. There are 1,900 cases of this super-endowed, prodigious wine that should drink well for 35-40 years. How fun it would be for mega-millionaires to put this in a blind tasting of a great vintage of Ausone in 10, 20 or 30 years from now.
1 In Stock - Immediate Delivery

California 6x75cl 1 100 (WA) Read Review/Description In Bond: £1,360.00
Verite Le Desir 2013 (1x150cl)
In Bond: £569.00
2013

Verite Le Desir 2013 (1x150cl)

Wine Advocate (99)

The 2013 Le Desir represents 2,500 cases. This is the softest of the three wines in 2013, and this blend of 61% Cabernet Franc, 23% Merlot, 11% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Malbec emerges with more than half of the cuvée coming from Hillsides in Alexander Valley, 37% from Chalk Hill and the rest tiny dollops from Bennett Valley and Knights Valley. Opaque purple, like its siblings, the wine is showing incredible floral, blueberry and espresso notes, exotic Asian spices, velvety texture, a supple, multilayered mouthfeel and incredible finish, with incense and licorice. This is magnificent young wine, with a good 40-50 years of upside potential. Pierre Seillan is justifiably proud of what he has achieved, and his first vintage of Vérité was only 1998, but they go from strength to strength.
Delivery to Storage from 1 Dec 2021

California 1x150cl 1 99 (WA) Read Review/Description In Bond: £569.00
Verite Le Desir 2013 (6x75cl)
In Bond: £1,153.00
2013

Verite Le Desir 2013 (6x75cl)

Wine Advocate (99)

The 2013 Le Desir represents 2,500 cases. This is the softest of the three wines in 2013, and this blend of 61% Cabernet Franc, 23% Merlot, 11% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Malbec emerges with more than half of the cuvée coming from Hillsides in Alexander Valley, 37% from Chalk Hill and the rest tiny dollops from Bennett Valley and Knights Valley. Opaque purple, like its siblings, the wine is showing incredible floral, blueberry and espresso notes, exotic Asian spices, velvety texture, a supple, multilayered mouthfeel and incredible finish, with incense and licorice. This is magnificent young wine, with a good 40-50 years of upside potential. Pierre Seillan is justifiably proud of what he has achieved, and his first vintage of Vérité was only 1998, but they go from strength to strength.
Delivery to Storage from 1 Dec 2021

California 6x75cl 1 99 (WA) Read Review/Description In Bond: £1,153.00

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