Color: Consistent straw yellow.
Nose: Complex nose with dominant floral vegetal notes and acacia honey. Elegant and delicate oak.
Palate: Spicy with good structure. A wine for ageing.
Overall: Overall balance and with deep complex aromas characteristic of these rare white wines.
Ageing potential: 10 to 15 years.
Food and wine matching: Spicy starters, fish, garlicky dishes and cheese
"The 2005 Hermitage blanc reveals licorice, roasted nut, quince, and marmalade characteristics. Even more powerful and dense than the 2006, this impressive, honeyed offering possesses excellent acidity as well as a tannic-like structure. It should evolve for two decades.
While the entire world of wine knows how profound Guigal’s red wines are, they may not know that he continues to demonstrate a complete mastery of white wine varietals, from his lowly Cotes du Rhone blend of Roussanne, Marsanne, Viognier, Clairette, and Bourboulenc, to his seriously-endowed dry whites from the northern Rhone. There are two cuvees of white Hermitage. The luxury offering, Ex-Voto, comes from five acres of 90-year old Marsanne vines planted in two separate vineyards on Hermitage Hill - l’Ermite and Les Murets. As the following notes indicate, Guigal has set aside a number of barrels that could make up the 2007 Ex-Voto, but he is not yet sure the quality will be high enough as this must be a wine of great richness and complexity.
The Wine Advocate
"Honey, almond and lime flavors seem to vibrate their way through this wine's generous oak tones, a powerful, well-integrated acidity pushing the fruit to the fore. The flavors last, clean, bright and energizing, promising to hold for another decade while the oak blends in. Delicious. "
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