2010 E. Guigal Ermitage Ex-Voto Hermitage Wine Tasting Note
|2010||E. Guigal Ermitage Ex-Voto (Hermitage)|
An extraordinary wine. Even at this infantile stage, it is impossible not to be wowed by what is the glass. Power, concentration, intensity, richness and balance are all in play here. The wine effortlessly coats your palate with layers of lush, smoky, stony, pure, blackberries, currants, licorice, pepper and meaty essences. Texturally, this is off the hook. With all this power and endless depth of flavor, the wine remains a refined, regal character. Energetic, long and expansive, give this another decade and I am sure this will hit triple-digit, rockstar status.
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Some Guigal Cote Rotie can be enjoyed on the young side. The Brune & Blondeshould be decanted at least 1 hour or more, Guigal Ampuis 1-3 hours and the Guigal La La's can be decanted 3-4 hours when young, allowing the wines to soften and open their perfume. Older vintages might need very little decanting, just enough to remove the sediment.
Guigal Cote Rotie is usually better with 3-5 years of cellaring for the Brune & Blonde, 5-10 years of aging for the Guigal Ampuis and the top 3 wines, the La La's need at least 12-15 years of cellaring. At their best, the top Cote Rotie from Guigal can evolve for 25-45 years of age, depending on the wine and the vintage.
Serving Guigal Cote Rotie with Wine, Food, Pairing Tips
Guigal is best served at 15.5 degrees Celsius, 60 degrees Fahrenheit. The cool, almost cellar temperature gives the wine more freshness and lift.
Guigal is best paired with all types of classic meat dishes, veal, pork, beef, lamb, duck, game, roast chicken, roasted braised, barbecue and grilled dishes. Heavy dishes like Chinese or Asian dishes, hearty fish courses like tuna, salmon, mushrooms, sausage, cassoulet, tomatoes, eggplant, and pasta are perfect for Guigal Cote Rotie wines.
Condrieu, the white wine from Guigal is just right for a myriad of fish, shell fish, seafood and raw courses like sashimi and sushi, as well as cheese.
Yes, I know the Guigal La La wines are tremendously expensive. But they offer some of the best wine tasting experiences from any vineyard in any country! They are also in contention to win an award as the most consistently outstanding wine in the world.
In the vast majority of vintages, these wines are truly stunning. Next, consider that they are produced in incredibly small amounts, ranging from 400 to 800 cases for the entire world. Fans of these wines are lucky, as the extraordinary high quality, character and tiny production has not really caught on with most consumers.
Frankly, these wines sell for prices that are cheap for all they offer. If you're ever going to buy an expensive wine, to see what all the fuss is about, these are the wines to buy!