2001 Guigal Hermitage Ex Voto
The debut release of the Hermitage Ex-Voto, the spectacular 2001 spent 42 months in new French oak. Produced from four vineyard sites, l’Hermite, Les Murets, Les Greffieux, and Les Bessards, it boasts an amazingly thick purple color as well as a rich, sumptuous bouquet of smoke, licorice, creme de cassis, and earth. Full-bodied and rich, with good acidity and magnificent concentration, this is a tour de force in red Hermitage. Given its high tannin and crisp acidity, it will require patience. Anticipated maturity: 2015-2040.
Issue #156, December 2004
--The Wine Advocate
A fantastic beam of raspberry ganache courses through, while cocoa, mineral, cigar smoke, graphite and grilled beef notes bounce around. Ironclad tannins that are also incredibly racy take over on the finish. A very powerful wine with a long life ahead. Best from 2008 through 2025. 1,000 cases made. –JM
August 31, 2005
(tasted from barrel) Saturated medium ruby. Knockout nose combines superripe, liqueur-like black- and redcurrant, gunflint, pepper, leather, game and chocolate. Huge, spicy and rich, with outstanding sweetness and depth of flavor. A massive but well-delineated Hermitage that finishes with extraordinarily suave tannins. Built for two decades of development in bottle. This is 14% alcohol, with a pH of 3. 87. 94-96 points
By Stephen Tanzer
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar, Jan/Feb 05
--Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Noticeably more ripe and upfront, and not standing out as much as you would think from the other wines, the 2001 E. Guigal Hermitage Ex-Voto showed upfront and youthful fruit with a still borderline primary profile. The sleekness and acid profile on the palate gave this away as the other northern Rhône, yet this has plenty of power and depth, yet is still 4-6 years away from prime time drinking.
by Jeb Dunnuck, Issue #11, March 2012
--Jeb Dunnuck's The Rhone Report
Soil type: Steep sloped vineyards. " Bessards " 30% of the area. Granite. 0.65 Ha "Greffieux" 30% of the area. Calloutis du würm. 0.65 Ha " Murands " 20% of the area. Alluvia fluvio-glaciaires and pebbles. 0.45 Ha " Hermite " 20% of the area loess plateau and clay sand silt. 0.45 Ha
Grape variety: 100% Syrah.
Average age of vines: 40 to 90 years
Winemaking: Pumping over in thermo regulated stainless steel tanks.. Alcoholic fermentation/ 4 week maceration.
Ageing: 42 months in new oak.
Average yield: 35 Hl/ hectare.
Eye: Deep dark ruby colour with mauve tints.
Nose: Black fruits, leather, liquorice, coffee flavour and oriental spices.
Palate: Powerful attack with richness and an important tannic structure. This wine expression fully the terroir trough its finesse and the strength of its tannins.
Overall: Great ageing potential, structured and concentrated with a rare intensity of flavour and colour.
Our comment: Produced only in exceptional vintages, the Ermitage Ex-Voto is the expression of a sincere desire to own vines in the Hermitage appellation and to produce an exceptional wine which reflects the soul of this prestigious appellation of the Rhône Valley.
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