Guigal = Rhone Wine at its Finest
The name Guigal is synonomous with the finest in wine from the Rhone Valley. The Guigal family has been making top quality wines from both their estate and from purchased fruit for over 60 years. Their greatest fame comes from their spectacular Cote Roties, but their other properties scattered across the Rhone Valley also produce spectacular wines.
Robert Parker comments "While the entire world of wine knows how profound Guigal's red wines are, they may not know that he continues to demonstrate a complete mastery of white wine varietals... There are two cuvees of white Hermitage. The luxury offering, Ex-Voto, comes from five acres of 90-year old Marsanne vines planted in two separate vineyards on Hermitage Hill - l'Ermite and Les Murets."
Robert Parker 96+ Points
The 2003 Hermitage Ex-Voto blanc is the quintessential white Hermitage, a blend of 95% Marsanne and 5% Roussanne with extraordinary honeyed licorice, quince, marmalade, and truffle notes, an unctuous texture, great purity and richness, and a profound mouthfeel and length. This is extraordinary wine and certainly one of the most profound dry whites I ever tasted. It seems to be set for an amazingly long life.
Wine Spectator 96 Points
Shows the power of the vintage, with thickly layered flavors of dried tropical fruit, plus hints of date, candied citrus peel, paraffin, buttered brioche and bitter almond. The finish is long and structured. This will need some time to resolve itself fully. Best after 2015. 400 cases made. -JM
International Wine Cellar 96 Points
Medium gold. Incredibly complex bouquet of yellow plum, dried apricot, peach, floral honey, yellow Chartreuse, blonde tobacco and anise (among other things). Deeply concentrated and almost surreal in its expression of honeyed, ripe and dried fruits; its sappy, clinging texture; and its powerful impression of extract. The endless finish is surprisingly bright, with no tiring or cloying qualities. This should be served in homeopathic doses, such is its intensity and depth of flavor.