"Ex-Voto" - Red

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.

Tasting

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.

Vintages 2001

 

Wine Advocate #156 - Dec 2004

Score : (94-96)

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. Drink: 2015 - 2040.  Drink: 2015 - 2040 Drink: 2015 - 2040 Robert Parker.

 

Wine Spectator - Aug 31, 2005

Score: 95

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. Designation: Collectibles. James Molesworth.

 

Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar - Jan/Feb 05

Score : 94-96

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.  Stephen Tanzer.
 

Consumption

A boire/à garder

Serving temperature

16°C to 18°C.

Ageing potential

35 years ...

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