Score : (94-96) The 2012 Hermitage Ex Voto, whose fate is still a little unknown as it might be declassified into the straight Hermitage, shows the more forward, charming nature of the vintage with its sweet bouquet of cassis, black raspberries, licorice and vanilla bean. Big, rich, full-bodied and sexy with ripe tannin, it will be approachable in its youth and have two to three decades of longevity. Jeb Dunnuck.
Hermitage Ex-Voto represents the fulfillment of a longtime dream of Guigal to own his own vineyards on the hill of Hermitage. Through the purchase of the de Vallouit and J. L. Grippat domaines in 2000, Guigal acquired four vineyard parcels on this legendary site. The 2001 vintage was the first release of this estate-bottled Hermitage red and white.
The red comes from Bessards (30%), Greffieux (30%), L’Hermite (20%), and Murets (20%), and spends a full 42 months in new casks and is bottled without fining or filtration. These cuvées will be produced only in exceptional vintages (no 2002 or 2004 was made). This represents the pinnacle of the appellation, with exceptional concentration and great potential longevity.