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Ermitage

"Ex-Voto" - White

L’Ermitage « Ex-Voto » white is produced only in exceptional vintages. It is remarkably aromatic and complex. The nose is bursting with acacia flowers, honey and toasted notes.

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

39 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.
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Vintages 2015

BETTANE+DESSEAUVE

Score : 17.5/20

Petit départ réducteur, prélude à des parfums qui montent en puissance. En bouche, le toucher vanillé est encore présent mais la mise est récente le jour de notre dégustation. Gras, allonge, équilibre sur la richesse mais frais et haut en saveurs. Sans doute plus stylé que les millésimes récents, mais plus lent à se livrer aussi, l’élevage a bien canalisé la puissance du vin. 

 

JEB DUNNUCK

Score : 100

The 2015 Hermitage Ex Voto Blanc is certainly in the same league as the 2009 and 2010, and it’s going to be interesting to compare these vintages over the coming 2-3+ decades. The 2015 has all the hallmarks of a great vintage with its huge bouquet of quince, toasted almonds, brioche, liquid rocks, and honeysuckle as well as touch of licorice. Sensationally concentrated, opulent, and multi-dimensional on the palate, it has bright acidity and an awesome sense of minerality that keep the wine chiseled and focused on the palate. It has the structure of a red wine and will keep for 4-5 decades. Bravo!

 

WINE ADVOCATE

Score : 95

Since the 2016 hasn't been bottled yet, I was offered a second look at the in-bottle 2015 Ermitage Ex Voto Blanc, which I rated 94+? last year. This year, it's a bit more open, showing toasty-nutty notes of almonds and hazelnuts layered over intense melon and pear fruit. This full-bodied powerhouse shows great texture, spice and length. Although drinkable now, I've no doubt it will be singing with the cheese course in 15 years.

 

WINE SPECTATOR

Score : 96

Features a gorgeous brioche frame around the creamed pear, yellow apple, quince and white peach flavors, with glistening verbena, honeysuckle and green almond notes on the finish. Showy and beautiful. Marsanne and Roussanne. Best from 2020 through 2030. 292 cases made, 88 cases imported. — JM

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.

The cooperage

of the domain

Producing

exceptional wines