Man blir ibland osäker på sig själv när man sitter på en provning och alla tycker att det är ett helt fantastiskt vin och bästa årgången av Ex-Voto. Visst det är en väldigt kraftfullt och bra vin på många sätt men för mig så har det en portvins touch som jag har väldigt svårt för i denna typ av vin. När man nu har chansen att vid samma tillfälle prova samtliga årgångar så är det bara att konstatera att andra årgångar är mycket bättre än denna.
When a wine moves you from the first sniff, and kicks it up to an entirely new level, you know you are in for a treat. 2003 Guigal Ex Voto is close to off the charts. This is incredibly concentrated, rich and intense. There is so much depth of fruit and material, it's easy to spend hours investigating the wine. The fruit is perfectly ripe. With everything going on, it's all in balance. There is no sensation of heat or over ripeness. The finish must last at least 60 seconds. If you're curious, pop a cork. If you're patient and want secondary characteristics, wait a decade.
2003 Guigal Ex Voto is one amazing tasting experience. Incredible layers of concentration. This wine is so packed and stacked with ripe fruit, it tastes as though Guigal managed to place a magnum of wine into a 750 bottle! This is not quite at the level of 03 Chave, but it's close. The Chave is a bit plusher and slightly more opulent. This future legendary wine delivers the goods.
Occasional tasting group: Wines with 100 Parker Points. (@ L in Z): So youthful. Almost everything is still hidden in this enormously concentrated wine. There is primary cassis, a beautiful harmony between sweetness and acidity. Enormously long finish. New world style almost. 95 points for the pleasure now, but when it ages and shows more of its complexity it will gain at least 2 - 3 points.
It's a pretty special wine, and I thought it was showing quite a bit for its very tender age (after three hours decanting at home plus whatever we gave it at the restaurant, another hour and a half maybe?). This wine is going to be a killer.
Steak night with Scott Manlin (Sammamish, WA): Wow, a ridiculous young wine. The concentration here is hard to believe. It makes the 2003 Chave (tasted this summer) look like a thin little waif of a wine. More academic than pleasurable at this point, but it was worth killing one young to understand this a bit more. Where the 2001 was actually quite seductive about 18 months ago, this is a huge, bruising monster of a wine. It amazes me how Guigal was able to make such a La-La like Hermitage in only his second vintage (albeit by buying into some of the greatest vineyards). Incredible wine.