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Ermitage

"Ex-Voto" - Red

L’Ermitage « Ex-Voto » is endowed with an impressive tannic structure. It is a concentrated, elegant wine. Produced only in exceptional vintages, it has great ageing potential.

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.
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Vintages 2007

 

Wine Advocate # 198 - Dec 2011

Score:98

 Just being released, the spectacular 2007 Hermitage Ex-Voto exhibits a discrete hint of oak (despite its 42 month aging in 100% new French oak) along with plenty of creme de cassis, lead pencil shaving and blackberry liqueur characteristics. Full-bodied with magnificent concentration and richness, silky tannins and a long, long finish, this remarkable 2007 is the Hermitage of the vintage. It should drink well for 30-40+ years. Robert Parker.

 

Wine Spectator - Oct 15, 2011

Score: 95 

This has gorgeous espresso and roasted mesquite aromatics, followed by dense but velvety-textured plum sauce, blackberry paste and cassis flavors. The long, suave finish smolders with Lapsang souchong tea and singed iron, showing ample grip for the cellar. Best from 2012 through 2025. 667 cases made. James Molesworth.

 

Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar - Jan/Feb 11

Score : 94-96

Opaque ruby. Boysenberry, blueberry and smoky Indian spices on the expansive, heady nose, with a sexy floral quality that gains strength with air. Deep, sappy and palate-staining dark fruit compote flavors show unlikely energy and become spicier and smokier with air. A strikingly expressive, potent and compellingly fragrant wine that finishes with superb clarity and floral-driven persistence. Josh Raynolds.

 

Guide Bettane et Desseauve des Vins de France

Score : 18/20

Fruits secs et épices, pointe de tabac, la puissance de bouche est remarquable avec un tanin bien enrobé, une allonge concentrée et savoureuse.

Consumption

A boire/à garder

Serving temperature

16°C to 18°C.

Ageing potential

35 years ...

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