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Thursday, May 08, 2008

2006 De Lille Cellars Chaleur Estate Blanc

In previous vintages this wine has been some of my favorite white wine in the world. In fact wines from De Lille have always impressed me since I first tried them a few years back. The 2006 Chaleur Estate Blanc is composed of 61% Sauvignon Blanc and 39% Semillon and the fruit is sourced from several different vineyard sites around Washington State. The aromas are simple but are really quite closed down at this stage of life for this wine, lemon grass, smoke, fig, and slight hints of herb are just a few of the notes that could be unlocked. The flavors are of creamy lemon and hints of straw accompanied by a sharp and bracing acidity. This wine needs time in the bottle to calm itself down and become complete. The alcohol was a bit much on the finish but I suspect that will also take care of itself in a year or so of bottle age. I'm somewhat disappointed in the performance of this wine as I was expecting more complexity. Bring on the lobster, crab, and fish for this one and I could score this wine completely different. 88 points

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