The 2003 Hermitage Ex-Voto blanc is the quintessential white Hermitage, a blend of 95% Marsanne and 5% Roussanne with extraordinary honeyed licorice, quince, marmalade, and truffle notes, an unctuous texture, great purity and richness, and a profound mouthfeel and length. This is extraordinary wine and certainly one of the most profound dry whites I ever tasted. It seems to be set for an amazingly long life. Wine Advocate # 170; Apr 2007 Robert Parker 96/100; Drink 2004 - 2054
Off the charts in terms of both aromatic and flavor intensity, the 2003 Hermitage Ex-Voto blanc offers a melted liqueur of licorice-like character intermixed with honeysuckle, white truffles, quince, and peaches. Full-bodied, unctuously-textured, and stunningly opulent and long, this fabulous wine was fashioned from 50-90-year old vines planted in Les Murets and l’Hermite.
Wine Advocate # 163; Feb 2006 Robert Parker 96/100 Drink 2004 - 2054
A candidate for perfection, the compelling 2003 Hermitage Ex-Voto blanc possesses off the charts richness, honeyed complexity, depth, and power that must be tasted to be believed. It should last for half a century. Wine Advocate # 156; Dec 2004 Robert Parker (96-100/100) Drink 2004 - 2054
2003 E. Guigal Ermitage Blanc Ex-Voto Very rich, waxy aromas of apricot, honey, smoked nuts and camphor. Offers compelling pear and apricot fruit, with superb framing acidity for the vintage contributing shape and structure. Offers outstanding chewiness and solidity, and finishes with superb length and spice. This fruit was harvested on August 22 with 15. 5% potential alcohol! A great white Hermitage in the making. - 93-95 - Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar - 01-02/05
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