2007 DeLille Cellars Chaleur Estate Blanc

Wednesday, May 02, 2012


The 2007 DeLille Cellars Chaleur Estate Blanc is a blend of 68% Sauvignon Blanc and 32% Semillon. It was aged sur lie in new barrels of 100% French oak. This has for quite some time been one of my favorite white wines because of it's stunning complexity and ability to age. It reminds me a lot of Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte blanc because of it's incredible waxy texture and brilliant aromatics.

The color of the wine is the first thing to note with it's beautiful golden yellow shade which it of course indicative of the both the bottle age and the amount of Semillon in the blend. On the nose I get marvelous aromas of creme brulee, pineapple, toasted almonds, buffalo grass, and lemon curd.

On the palate the wine has an incredible round, waxy, and almost oily texture. I get flavors of lemon curd, French vanilla, papaya, creme brulee, and toasted oak. This wine is developing quite nicely in the bottle and it has the acidity and structure to still be cellared another five years and develop it's full complexity. 92 points


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