Found a couple of these buried deep and was going to relocate, but reviews here had me worried, so popped one. Golden yellow, clearly showing some age. Aromas of hazelnuts, caphor, and dry fig had me worried regarding oxidation. Flavors are dominated by nutty, woody warm notes, dry, yet very full mouth feel. Enjoyable to a degree, but shows oxidative qualities some may find off putting, but I still found highly drinkable. Best to drink remaining bottle very soon for a crowd not too crtital of this profile. More interesting than yummy. Drinkable, but overall admit to being disappointing.
Tasted blind, PnP fr 750ml. Initial nose had me guessing chenin blanc, with a sweet slightly oxed apricot aroma. Very oily note - not only on the nose but definitely oily and viscous on the palate. Oak and caramel present. The wine looked and tasted much older than it was - I guessed early-mid 90's. No rush to drink these. 91-92 today
10/21/2013 flawed bottle: A great disappointment at the Romain's wine dinner in February 2013, but a good chance for the company to taste an expensive but horribly premoxed bottle. Wrote the Guigals about this but no response..... (1998 views)
Pisser. First, I thought I had purchased the 01 Ex Voto red, only to find out that I had actually purchased the white (don't ask). Then, I read all the reviews of oxidized bottles and crossed my fingers. Finally, I opened the bottle with friends to unanimous disapproval. Close your eyes and smell: it's like an inexpensive tawny port that's been left open for too long. In the mouth, it just gets worse. Expensive mistake.
I had half a mind to give this wine a score of 50 rather than 'flawed' to drag down its average rating, given the high number of ruined bottles apparently circulating. The average score is quite misleading, given that it represents an average score for the bottles that aren't ruined...
Does "Ex Voto" somehow stand for "extremely volatile?" "Ex voodoo?" "Extra O2?" It's also an anagram of "Vote Ox" - perhaps the winemakers VOTED to throw some OX poop in the mix.
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(E. Guigal Ermitage Blanc Ex-Voto) Light medium gold color with 1.5 millimeter clear meniscus; rich, buttery, lanolin, almond nose; tasty, matured, creamy textured, lanolin, sweet butter, almond palate with lots of glycerol; should go another 5 years; long finish 92+ points