"Ex-Voto" - White

Soil type

Steep sloped vineyards. "Murets" 90% of the area Alluvia fluvio-glaciaires and pebbles. 1 Ha "Hermite" 10% of the area Loess plateau and clay sand silt 0.8 Ha

Grape variety

90% Marsanne. 10% Roussanne

Average age of vines

40 to 90 years..

Winemaking

Exclusively in new oak barrels. 100% malolactic fermentation.

Ageing

30 months in new oak.

Average yield

35 Hl / hectare.

Tasting

Eye : Brilliant clean straw yellow.
Nose : White flowers, acacia honey, hawthorn blossom. Powerful and intense aromas.
Palate : Rich and full-bodied. Fully expressive of the terroir which lends this Hermitage body and strength.
Overall : Balance between a delicate and expressive nose and fleshy fruit on the palate underpinned y the powerful terroir.

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.

Vintages 2010

Wine Advocate #210 - Dec 2013

Score : 100

Bottled in February of this year, after spending 30 months in new oak barrels, the 2010 Ermitage Ex-Voto Blanc is absolutely heavenly stuff! Comprised of 90% Marsanne and 10% Roussanne, this incredible white boasts massive aromatics of white currants, white peach, flowers, licorice, sauteed nuts and brioche, as well as a striking minerality that comes out with additional time in the glass. Coming from the oldest vines in Hermitage, it is a full-bodied, incredibly concentrated effort that builds on the palate and through the finish, yet stays fresh, elegant and lively, without ever being over the top. One of the greatest white wines I was able to taste during my trip through the region, this beauty should either be consumed in the coming 4-6 years, or forgotten for 20. Jeb Dunnuck.

Consumption

A boire/à garder

Serving temperature

10°C to 12°C

Ageing potential

15 years.

Food and wine matching

Flavourful dishes, lobster thermidor, veal with morel mushrooms.
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