2007 E. Guigal "Ex-Voto" Hermitage Blanc
Intense, with gorgeously pure salted butter, brioche, paraffin, creamed yellow apple, anise and persimmon notes all woven together and pushed by a broad but well-focused finish. This has the length to let everything take an encore. Impressive.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Bright gold. Aromas of fresh pit fruits, orange marmalade, honey and pungent spices, with a smoky overtone. Lush and creamy in texture, offering mineral-drenched peach, pear and floral flavors and an exotic touch of candied licorice. Rich but lively, with outstanding finishing clarity and lingering smokiness.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2007 Hermitage Ex-Voto Blanc enjoys the same 100% new oak treatment and 30 months aging in barrel (an uncommonly long time for a dry white wine, but these wines are so concentrated and full, they can easily handle their long aging). The 2007 is more closed than the 2006, revealing a light gold color along with hints of crushed rocks, white currants, quince, hazelnut and marmalade, excellent acidity and super intensity but much less evolution, which is atypical for this vintage. Cellar it for several years and consume it over the following two decades.