2010 E. Guigal "Ex-Voto" Ermitage Blanc (Pre-Arrival)
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
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. (JD)
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
(90% marsanne and 10% roussanne, aged in 100% new oak for 30 months): Vivid yellow-gold. Intense, incisive pear and nectarine aromas are brightened by chalky minerals and deepened by suggestions of beeswax, vanilla and iodine. Penetrating orchard fruit and honeydew flavors stain the palate, picking up bitter lemon zest and floral qualities with air. Turns firmer and spicier with air, finishing with outstanding lift, thrust and smoky persistence.
The 2010 Ermitage White Ex Voto is a towering wine, combing 93 percent Marsanne with the rest Roussanne, sourced from the L'Ermite and Les Murets parcels. Large-scaled yet beautifully poised, it offers layer upon layer of fresh butter, creamed white peach, anise and Cavaillon melon flavors that keep cascading through a long, lush yet refined finish. It looks to be the best vintage yet for this wine, which already has a stellar track record since debuting in 2001, following the purchase of the J.L. Grippat estate, whose vineyards form the majority of the cuvée.