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2009 Domaine Bernard Faurie Hermitage Blanc
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93 Points | International Wine Cellar , January/February 2011

Light gold. An exotic, highly perfumed nose evokes poached pear, yellow plum and honey, with a dusty mineral overlay. Juicy and rich on entry but firmer in the mid-palate, offering a range of candied citrus and orchard fruit flavors and a touch of bitter orange pith. A mineral quality lingers on the lush, penetrating finish, which strongly echoes the orange note. Faurie's white wines are made from 100% marsanne.

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