E. Guigal Ermitage Ex Voto Blanc 2016 (96 W&S)
“In 2016, the Guigals had to forgo bottling a red version of Ex Voto, as their syrah parcels were devastated by hail. Their marsanne and roussanne took a hit, too, but enough fruit remained to make this powerhouse Hermitage blanc. It’s a huge wine, filled with juicy fresh fruit as well as plenty of spiced vanilla tones from 30 months spent in new oak barrels coopered at Guigal. It’s also mouthwatering, with a salinity and a nuttiness that highlights the fruit, the way a layer of marzipan and a pinch of salt can bolster the flavor of peaches in a tart. An earthy savor grounds the wine, and offers plenty of room for more complexity to develop with time in the cellar.”
Ermitage Ex-Voto represents the fulfillment of a longtime dream of Marcel Guigal’s to own vineyard land on the hill of Hermitage. Through the purchase of the de Vallouit and J. L. Grippat domaines in 2000, Guigal acquired four exceptional vineyard parcels on this legendary site. The 2001 vintage was the first release of this estate-bottled Hermitage red and white. The quality of the intense old-vine fruit is quite special, but given the Guigal’s already strong work in Hermitage, they decided to only release an Ex-Voto red or white when the wine is utterly exceptional and clearly superior to their appellation bottlings.
Rhône Valley, France
The more you learn about the Guigal family, the more astounding becomes their story. Their wines are the benchmarks for every Rhone appellation, and over the last thirty years they have become arguably the most lauded producer in the world. Year after year the Guigal family produces wines of exceptional quality that in all classes offer exceptional value.