e. guigal ermitage ex-voto 2015 750ml
L'Ermitage Ex-Voto is endowed with an impressive tannic structure. It is a concentrated, elegant wine. 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 Rhone Valley.
Deep dark ruby color with mauve tints. The nose opens to black fruits, leather, licorice, coffee flavor and oriental spices. The palate begins with a powerful attack with richness and an important tannic structure. This wine expression fully the terroir trough its finesse and the strength of its tannins. Overally, a wine with great ageing potential, structured and concentrated with a rare intensity of flavor and color.
"The rich, powerful, primordial 2015 Hermitage Ex Voto isn't for those seeking instant gratification and will need a solid decade of bottle age. Incredible notes of creme de cassis, liquid rocks, Asian spices, and toasted bread all emerge from this full-bodied, massively endowed effort. It will most likely merit a triple-digit rating in 4-5 years and will keep for three decades."
98 points, Jeb Dunnuck
"Deep, glass-staining ruby. Deep-pitched aromas of cherry liqueur, blackberry, fruitcake and incense on the highly perfumed nose. Stains the palate with vibrant black and blue fruit liqueur, allspice and violet pastille flavors, enlivened by a smoky mineral nuance that builds with aeration. Shows a suave blend of richness and vivacity, and no rough edges. Spicy and expansive on the strikingly long, sappy finish, which features resonating dark berry character and youthfully chewy tannins. Drinking window: 2026 - 2038."
97 points, Vinous
"Spicy, cedary and firm, the 2015 Ermitage Ex Voto is built tough, like the granite it comes from. Hints of pencil shavings and crushed stone accent mixed red and black fruit, picking up hints of licorice and pepper on the long, tannic finish. Give this another 5-6 years in the cellar, then drink it over the following decade and a half or so."
96 points, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate