Guigal Hermitage Ex Voto Blanc 2009
Rhone White Blends from Hermitage, Rhone, France
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Wine Style Guide
Light to medium bodied wines that are high in acid and light to medium fruit. Typically no oak.
Light to medium bodied wines with lots of juicy fruit, typically medium acid and medium oak.
Full bodied wines that have typically undergone malo-lactic fermentation and/or spent time in oak.
The white comes from two parcels, les Murets and L'Hermite. A blend of Marsanne and Roussanne, the wine spends approximately 18 months in new oak casks and is bottled without fining or filtration. Ex Voto Blanc is produced only in exceptional vintages. These two wines represent the pinnacle of the appellation, with exceptional concentration and great potential longevity.
"This has hyperdrive, with terrific, enveloping mango, papaya and creamed melon flavors supported by a spine of chamomile, quinine and white peach. The long finish sports brioche, paraffin and macadamia nut notes. Shows excellent range. Best from 2013 through 2023. 583 cases made."
"Finally in bottle, the 2009 Hermitage Ex-Voto Blanc is an incredible example of white Hermitage. Made in a more spicy, oaky style than either Michel Chapoutier’s or Delas’ white Hermitage, the Ex-Voto exhibits tremendous richness and intensity with plenty of buttery citrus, a subtle touch of spicy oak, honeysuckle, spring flowers and orange marmalade. Deep, rich and full-bodied with a greenish hue to its color, this viscous effort will probably follow the typical pattern of white Hermitage, drinking great for 5-7 years, then going into a dumb, oxidative state for 5-10 years, re-emerging to last 50+ years."
The Wine Advocate
"(made from 95% marsanne and 5% roussanne): Pale gold. A powerfully scented bouquet evokes fresh tropical and citrus fruits, white flowers and minerals, with notes of honey and nougat adding depth. Juicy, focused and pure, offering vibrant pineapple and orange flavors that gain weight with air. Closes with strong mineral cut and superb persistence, leaving floral and mineral notes behind."
International Wine Cellar
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The Guigal domain was founded in 1946 by Etienne Guigal in the ancient village of Ampuis, home of the wines of the Cote-Rotie. In these vineyards that are over 2400 years old, you can still see the small terraced walls characteristic of the Roman period. Etienne Guigal arrived in this region in 1923 at the age of 14. He made wine for over 67 vintages and, at the beginning of his...
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(EHR-me-tahj) and Crozés-Hermitage (krohz EHR-me-tahj)
The hill of Hermitage is something to be seen. It is a hill (just one hill) of only about 300 acres, with carefully terraced vines in granite based-soil. The soils of the hill are plotted to make sure that the best variety is planted in the best plot of soil, and the wines reflect those decisions. The hill is...
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White Rhone blends consist of two or more white grapes from its namesake region. This includes Viognier, Rousanne, Marsanne and Grenache Blanc. Other white grapes may be included in miniscule amounts, but the above four are the principles. In the Rhone, Viognier is typically alone in the Northern Rhone and absent in the Southern Rhone, although, in the north, 20% of the variety...
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