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Wine Spectator 90+ scores by James Molesworth for Ermitage L’Ermite & De L’Orée 2011

Ermitage White L’Ermite 2011
97 points

Ripe and rich, with a warm piecrust frame around a core of salted butter, creamed Jonagold apple, verbena, shortbread and candied citrus rind, which all pump through the finish. Well-embedded acidity keeps this driving along. The finish is sneakily long, with a mineral element mixing with the ripe fruit. Best from 2016 through 2026. From France.—James Molesworth
 
Ermitage White de l’Orée 2011
96 points

The Jonagold apple, pear, persimmon and lemon curd notes glide along, carried by hints of brioche and macadamia nut before giving way to a lightly toasted almond edge on the finish. Still shows a hint of raw youth, so let this settle in the cellar. Best from 2016 through 2024. From France.—James Molesworth

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