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"Ex-Voto" - Red

L’Ermitage « Ex-Voto » is endowed with an impressive tannic structure. It is a concentrated, elegant wine. Produced only in exceptional vintages, it has great ageing potential.

Soil type

Steep sloped vineyards. " Bessards " 30% of the area. Granite. 0.65 Ha " Greffieux " 30% of the area. Calloutis du würm. 0.65 Ha " Murands " 20% of the area. Alluvia fluvio-glaciaires and pebbles. 0.45 Ha " Hermite " 20% of the area loess plateau and clay sand silt. 0.45 Ha

Grape variety

100% Syrah.

Average age of vines

40 to 90 years


Pumping over in thermo regulated stainless steel tanks.. Alcoholic fermentation/ 4 week maceration.


42 months in new oak.

Average yield

32 Hl / hectare.


Eye : Deep dark ruby colour with mauve tints.
Nose : Black fruits, leather, liquorice, coffee flavour and oriental spices.
Palate : Powerful attack with richness and an important tannic structure. This wine expression fully the terroir trough its finesse and the strength of its tannins.
Overall : Great ageing potential, structured and concentrated with a rare intensity of flavour and colour.

Our comment

Produced only in exceptional vintages, the Ermitage Ex-Voto is the expression of a sincere desire to own vines in the Hermitage appellation and to produce an exceptional wine which reflects the soul of this prestigious appellation of the Rhône Valley.

Vintages 2005


Wine Advocate #182 - Apr 2009

Score : (95-98)

Made in a completely different style, the colossal 2005 Hermitage Ex-Voto is pure power, muscle, and concentration. Its inky/purple color is accompanied by an extraordinary, precise nose of creme de cassis, smoke, charcoal, incense, and spring flowers. Full-bodied with outrageous concentration, good acidity, noble sweet tannin, and a 60-second finish, this wine requires 5-6 more years of bottle age, and should drink well for 30-50 years. Drink: 2014 - 2064. Robert Parker.


Wine Spectator - Sep 30, 2009

Score: 96

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. James Molesworth.

Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar - Jan/Feb 09

Score : 94-96

Vivid ruby. Roomfilling bouquet evokes red berry liqueur, blueberry, potpourri, smoky minerals and Moroccan spices. Impressively concentrated black and blue fruit flavors reach every corner of the palate, with tangy minerals and spices adding energy and refreshing bite. The fruit gains strength with air and dominates the long, sappy finish. Built for the long haul, but the fruit is seductive enough to allow for early enjoyment. Josh Raynolds.


Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar - Jan/Feb 10

score : 95

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. Josh Raynolds.


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Serving temperature

16°C to 18°C.

Ageing potential

35 years ...

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