2018 DeLille Cellars Chaleur Blanc

Year: 2018
Appellation: Columbia Valley
Country: USA-Wahington
Wine Advocate: 92+
Vinous Media: 93
Wine Enthusiast: 93
White Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 13.8%
Price :

"The 2018 Chaleur Blanc is a blend of 71% Sauvignon Blanc and 29% Sémillon. It opens with a clean, structured nose of fresh citrus, soft oak, velvety white flowers and citrus blossoms. The palate is medium to full-bodied, smooth and creamy textured, almost like lemon panna cotta, finishing clean, focused and balanced. 5,050 cases were produced." (WA)

"Gold-tinged yellow. Wonderfully complex nose melds musky peach, nectarine, nuts, shiso leaf, sage and sexy leesy nuances. Broad, bone-dry and penetrating, but at the same time laid-back in the way of a young Domaine de Chevalier Blanc. Wonderfully energetic and savory, with a fresh apricot flavor accented by a lemony topnote. Finishes with terrific length and lift. After an hour of aeration, this utterly seamless wine took on an almost meaty muskiness without any loss of vibrancy. (60% new oak; at least 50% native yeast fermentation, including all of the Boushey Vineyard Semillon)" (VM)

"Sauvignon Blanc makes up most of this blend at 71%, with the rest Sémillon. Aromas of gooseberry, herb, the underside of a pineapple, miso and toast are followed by full-bodied, intense, richly textured kiwi, pineapple and herb flavors that show great depth. A hyperextended finish follows. It's the best example of this style in the state. Best after 2022. -Sean P. Sullivan" (WE)

Winery Notes:
This 2018 Chaleur Blanc shows magnificent balance throughout, with aromas of baked pie crust, grapefruit and citrus oil. On the palate, this symmetry continues, with the fruit contributing grapefruit, golden hay, thyme and tarragon, with cooperage supplying well integrated eucalyptus, forest floor and mocha. Six months of elevage on the lees with weekly battonage contributes a welcome roundness that harmonizes with the brilliant acidity of this wine, all carried on a long, dry finish.