2005 Guigal Hermitage Ex Voto
Syrah - 750ML
  • WA 98
  • WS 96
  • RR 95
  • IWC 95

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WA 98
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, September 2015
98+ Made in the style of the 2010, the massive 2005 Hermitage Ex Voto offers searing minerality and crushed-rock nuances as well as tons of black raspberries, licorice, toasted spice and charcoal. Full-bodied... 98+ Made in the style of the 2010, the massive 2005 Hermitage Ex Voto offers searing minerality and crushed-rock nuances as well as tons of black raspberries, licorice, toasted spice and charcoal. Full-bodied, incredibly concentrated, with a wall of sweet tannin, this behemoth nevertheless stays nicely focused, pure and classic on the finish. Give it another 4-5 years and enjoy bottles over the following 30-40+ years. - Jeb Dunnuck
WS 96
Wine Spectator, September 2009
Rather sleek with fresh very rounded plum cherry and blackberry fruit held together by notes of black tea sweet earth and hoisin sauce. The texture is polished and the finish very long with echoes of mocha flittering... Rather sleek with fresh very rounded plum cherry and blackberry fruit held together by notes of black tea sweet earth and hoisin sauce. The texture is polished and the finish very long with echoes of mocha flittering throughout. There's plenty of grip in reserve and this should blossom in the cellar. Far more refined than the 2003 though not quite as dynamic. Best from 2010 through 2025. 667 cases made. -JM
RR 95
The Rhone Report, March 2011
A spectacularly dense smoky Syrah the 2005 E. Guigal Hermitage Ex-Voto aged for 42 months in 100% new French oak possesses awesome notes of cassis and blackberry fruit graphite new leather and smoked earth on the nose... A spectacularly dense smoky Syrah the 2005 E. Guigal Hermitage Ex-Voto aged for 42 months in 100% new French oak possesses awesome notes of cassis and blackberry fruit graphite new leather and smoked earth on the nose. The oak elevage shows but this has the depth and fruit to handle it. On the palate the wine is beautifully structured and concentrated showing loads of tannin good acidity and a classic focused and very long finish. Still a pup this needs 5-8 years minimum and should have a very long life. This cuvee was first introduced in 2001 is only produced in top vintages and comes from the vineyards of Bessards (30%) Greffieux (30%) L'Hermitage (20%) and Murets (20%). 95+
IWC 95
Stephen Tanzer's IWC, February 2010
Saturated ruby. Pungent red and dark berries on the nose with exotic floral and spice qualities expanding with air. Sweet deep and incisive raspberry and bitter cherry flavors are energized by tangy minerals and pick up... Saturated ruby. Pungent red and dark berries on the nose with exotic floral and spice qualities expanding with air. Sweet deep and incisive raspberry and bitter cherry flavors are energized by tangy minerals and pick up smoke and floral notes on the back end. The lush and creamy finish leaves a trail of spice and red fruit notes in its wake. This wine is built for cellaring but is showing a lot of complexity today.
Color & Type Red
Varietal Syrah
Country France
Region Rhone
Sub-region Northern Rhone
Vintage 2005

Winery

Guigal

The Guigal Estate was founded in 1946 by Etienne Guigal in Ampuis, a small ancient village and cradle of the Cote-Rotie appellation. It shelters a unique vineyard where the vines and the wines have been famous for 2,400 years. Arriving in the region in 1924 at the age of 14, Etienne began his career at Vidal-Fleury, participating in its development and working his way up to the position of cellar-master before leaving to establish his own company. He has vinified 67 harvests in Cote-Rotie.

In 1961, although still very young, Marcel Guigal took over management of the establishment from his father who was stricken suddenly with total blindness. In 1973, his wife Bernadette joined him and they worked together to develop the family business. In 1975, their son Philippe was born and is today the estate’s winemaker. With his wife Eve, he represents the third generation to continue the family business, in the service of the great wines of the Rhone Valley.

Their hard work and perseverance enabled them to purchase the Vidal-Fleury Establishment in the mid ‘80s and in 1995, they acquired the famous Chateau d’Ampuis, an ancient fort built in the 12th century, later repurposed into a Renaissance chateau during the 16th century. In a state of neglect and terrible disrepair, Guigal has taken on a colossal renovation, spanning nearly 11 years with over 100 people working on the project.

The Chateau d’Ampuis has become the headquarters of the Guigal Estate while the offices and the cellars remain in the ancient small village of Ampuis. While their vineyards span the length and breadth of what the Rhone Valley offers, the heart of the winery’s production is still Cote-Rotie, whose ultimate expression can be found in Guigal’s most famous releases: La Landonne, La Turque, and La Mouline.