e. guigal, hermitage, ex voto blanc 2015
JEB DUNNUCK
98
WINE SPECTATOR
96

2015 e. guigal, hermitage, ex voto blanc

Why We're Buying

While Rhône is known for multi-layered wines, complexity isn't a prerequisite for greatness. Take E. Guigal Hermitage Ex Voto Blanc. The white wine features 90% marsanne and 10% roussanne. That's it. Investors pay more than $200 per bottle for this marsanne blend that wine critic Robert Parker gave 100-point ratings to in 2009 and 2010. (Fun Fact: E. Guigal also produces a red version of Ex Voto, which Parker has given three perfect scores.)

Critics Scores

JEB DUNNUCK
98

Jeb Dunnuck

Tasted out of bottle, the 2015 Hermitage Ex Voto Blanc is heavenly stuff that won’t hit the market until February. Reminiscent of the 2005 (or is it the 2009?) with its huge, thick, unctuous texture, it’s loaded with notions of buttered citrus, white currants, flower oil, and honeycomb, with its 100% new oak élevage completely absorbed by its wealth of fruit. This tour de force in winemaking needs 4-5 years of cellaring and will keep for 3-4 decades.

WINE SPECTATOR
96

Wine Spectator

Features a gorgeous brioche frame around the creamed pear, yellow apple, quince and white peach flavors, with glistening verbena, honeysuckle and green almond notes on the finish. Showy and beautiful.

ROBERT PARKER'S WINE ADVOCATE
94

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Sourced from the Les Murets (80%) and L'Hermite (20%) lieux-dits, the 2015 Hermitage Ex Voto Blanc is a big, full-bodied wine that was 100% barrel-fermented in new oak. Toast marks the nose, but the wine is shut down right now and perplexingly difficult to evaluate. The long, crushed-stone finish suggests better things lie ahead.

WINE ENTHUSIAST
93

Wine Enthusiast

Smoke, cedar and vanilla tones are pronounced now, but plenty of succulent white peach, apricot and tangerine pulses at the core of this generous white. Rippling and rich yet freshly balanced, it’s a sturdy bottling built for the long haul. Drink through 2026.