2013 e. guigal, hermitage, ex voto rouge
Why We're Buying
Guigal Hermitage Ex Voto Rouge lives up to the billing. The syrah, which retails over $300 per bottle, has been the winemaking gold standard in the Rhône Valley for decades. Wine critic Robert Parker has given E. Guigal Ermitage Ex-Voto three 100-point ratings, saying, "at the risk of sounding like a broken record, the 2010 Hermitage Ex Voto is as good as it gets." (Fun Fact: E. Guigal also produces a white version of Ex Voto, which Parker has given two perfect scores.)
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
This was another excellent showing for the 2013 Hermitage Ex Voto and this elegant, medium to full-bodied release offers straight-up textbook notes of crème de cassis, vanilla bean, crushed rocks, graphite and spice. It lacks the mid-palate density of the 2009 and 2010, but is impeccably balanced, elegant, and offers considerable charm.
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. Best from 2020 through 2040.
A big, bold dark plum, chocolate and roasted coffee nose with dark stones and a swathe of fragrant baking spices. The palate has a succulent and powerful feel. Dark ripe cherry fruits and toasty oak are well matched.