2016 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.)
While no red Ex Voto was made in 2016, the 2016 Hermitage Ex Voto Blanc is brilliant, offering classic, powerful notes of Asian spices, toasted bread, acacia flowers, and crushed rocks as well as tons of quince and stone fruit notes. This beauty is full-bodied, multi-dimensional, and already impossible to resist. It’s going to evolve for 20-25 years or more.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Hints of toasted marshmallow appear on the nose of Guigal's 2016 Ermitage Ex Voto Blanc, but they're just grace notes accenting deep flavors of ripe peaches and melon. Full-bodied, silky and rich, yet with a deep core of reserved power.