E. Guigal

Ermitage Ex Voto Rouge 2013

Hermitage

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Ermitage Ex-Voto represents the fulfillment of a longtime dream of Marcel Guigal’s to own vineyard land on the hill of Hermitage. Through the purchase of the de Vallouit and J. L. Grippat domaines in 2000, Guigal acquired four exceptional vineyard parcels on this legendary site. The 2001 vintage was the first release of this estate-bottled Hermitage red and white. The quality of the intense old-vine fruit is quite special, but given the Guigal’s already strong work in Hermitage, they decided to only release an Ex-Voto red or white when the wine is utterly exceptional and clearly superior to their appellation bottlings.

VINEYARD

This 100% Syrah wine, produced from hillside fruit, represents the best of the appellation. The Guigals own four exceptional vineyard parcels on this legendary site featuring intense, old-vine fruit. The grapes come from four steepsloped vineyards: Bessards (30%), Greffieux (30%), L’Hermite (20%), and Murets (20%). The vines at these sites average 50-90 years in age, and the soil types range from clay to granite to alluvial.

WINEMAKING

The 100% Syrah wine undergoes a 4-week maceration and pump-overs, followed by extended barrel aging for 40 months in new French oak. The wine is bottled without fining or filtration, creating a wine that represents the pinnacle of the appellation, with exceptional concentration and great potential longevity.

VINTAGE

The 2013 harvest season wasn’t without its challenges, prompted by an unusually high volume of humidity at the start of summer. Rain at the end of the season also prompted an earlier harvest that usual with lower yields, but one that yielded fruit with bright notes and elegant structure.

TASTING NOTE

Deep dark ruby color with a nose of black fruits, leather, coffee and spices. Powerful and rich on the palate with structured tannins, while still expressing the terroir with its finesse.

Color

Red

Grape Varieties

Syrah

Appellation

Hermitage

Farming

Guigal uses only environmentally sustainable methods of pest, disease and weed control. They work to conserve biological diversity, water resources, soils and ecosystems on their land. Packaging materials are recyclable or biodegradable. Lastly, they are committed to achieving a zero waste target.

Alcohol

14%

Suggested Retail Price

$525

Reviews

"Impressive frame around an equally ornate core"

Wine Spectator - "This is intense, as dense ganache, espresso, roasted juniper and alder notes form an impressive frame around an equally ornate core of steeped fig, blackberry and black currant fruit flavors, all while maintaining terrific cut and drive despite the heft. A mouthwatering iron accent at the very end seals the deal."

"Silky tannins and crisp acids"

Wine Advocate - “The 2013 Hermitage Ex Voto is a great effort given the vintage. It shows all the classic elements of the appellation, from complex notes of leather, meat and spice to crushed stone and grilled plums. Already approachable, this medium to full-bodied wine shows silky tannins and crisp acids on the long finish.”

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