DeLille Chaleur Estate Blanc 2017  Front Label
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DeLille Chaleur Estate Blanc 2017

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750ML / 13.8% ABV
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750ML / 13.8% ABV

Winemaker Notes

The 2017 introduces itself with earthy aromas of brioche and sous bois, complemented by bright apricot and peach, all with a hint of exotic tropical fruit. The golden sunlight colored wine realizes amazing tension between bright acidity and a palate weight, offering a seamless backdrop for diverse flavors of fresh straw, guava, coconut flakes and lemon zest.

Blend: 70% Sauvignon Blanc, 30% Semillon

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WE 94
Wine Enthusiast
The wine's aromas are arresting in notes of lemon pith, herb, stone fruit, fig, spice, mineral and citrus. Full-bodied, layered and exquisitely balanced fruit flavors follow with a zing of electric, lemony acidity stitching it all together. The fig- and tropical fruit-filled finish seems near endless. It's showing beautifully now, but should only get better with some time in the cellar.
Cellar Selection
JD 93
Jeb Dunnuck
Always one of the best whites in the vintage, the 2017 Chaleur Blanc delivers the goods and is a beautiful, Bordeaux Blanc look-alike that has classy lemon curd, citrus, mint, and green herb aromas and flavors. Medium-bodied and beautifully textured, it will keep for 4-5 years. The 2017 is primarily Sauvignon Blanc but includes 30% Semillon and was brought up in 60% new French oak.
W&S 91
Wine & Spirits
A blend of sauvignon blanc with semillon, this makes a Graves-like initial impression in its aromas of wheat, apple and toasty oak. It’s chewy and light at once, the golden oak notes lending the wine depth and succulence. And it causes hunger pangs, for something like poached river whitefish.
WS 91
Wine Spectator
Expressive and dynamic, with lively pear and figs flavors, accented by a delicate, creamy and toasty note. Sauvignon Blanc and Sémillon.
RP 91
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

A blend of 70% Sauvignon Blanc and 30% Sémillon, the 2017 Chaleur Blanc has clean Sauvignon Blanc expressions of fresh lemons and soft grapefruit skin on the nose, with the Sémillon providing a lift, with delicate waxy florals and aromas of sauteed pineapple. Medium to full-bodied, fresh and escalated with seductive oak flavors on the palate, the wine is ripe, crisp and zesty, delivering pleasure and elegance. The wine lingers on the finish with soft oakiness and round complexity. There were 4,650 cases made.

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DeLille Cellars is a boutique artisan winery located in Woodinville, Washington. Founded in 1992 by Charles and Greg Lill, Jay Soloff, and winemaker Chris Upchurch, DeLille Cellars pioneered Bordeaux-style blends in Washington State (both red and white) - inspiring Robert Parker, in a visit to the original Chateau in Woodinville, to proclaim DeLille Cellars “the Lafite Rothschild of Washington State.”

DeLille Cellars is considered a principal influence in establishing Washington as a premier viticultural region with a strong tradition of quality and excellence over its 25-year history. Today, the winery has a portfolio of over a dozen Bordeaux and Rhône style blends true to the terroir of Washington State.  

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A large and geographically diverse AVA capable of producing a wide variety of wine styles, the Columbia Valley AVA is home to 99% of Washington state’s total vineyard area. A small section of the AVA even extends into northern Oregon!

Because of its size, it is necessarily divided into several distinctive sub-AVAs, including Walla Walla Valley and Yakima Valley—which are both further split into smaller, noteworthy appellations. A region this size will of course have varied microclimates, but on the whole it experiences extreme winters and long, hot, dry summers. Frost is a common risk during winter and spring. The towering Cascade mountain range creates a rain shadow, keeping the valley relatively rain-free throughout the entire year, necessitating irrigation from the Columbia River. The lack of humidity combined with sandy soils allows for vines to be grown on their own rootstock, as phylloxera is not a serious concern.

Red wines make up the majority of production in the Columbia Valley. Cabernet Sauvignon is the dominant variety here, where it produces wines with a pleasant balance of dark fruit and herbs. Wines made from Merlot are typically supple, with sweet red fruit and sometimes a hint of chocolate or mint. Syrah tends to be savory and Old-World-leaning, with a wide range of possible fruit flavors and plenty of spice. The most planted white varieties are Chardonnay and Riesling. These range in style from citrus and green apple dominant in cooler sites, to riper, fleshier wines with stone fruit flavors coming from the warmer vineyards.

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