Grand Ciel Vineyard
Red Mountain AVA
DeLille Cellars’ long-term goals have always been to create our own vineyard so that we have the proper control of the fruit we use to make our wine. Ultimately, this control is vital to making fine wine. We also believe that it is imperative to wait for the finest vineyard site opportunities.
Grand Ciel in the Red Mountain AVA is a “state-of-the-art”, no expense spared vineyard. Grand Ciel Vineyard was designed to produce great vintages with the best of both worlds – namely concentration and hang-time complexity. With the French grape clones we chose, along with high-density planting and traditional Guyot trellising, this vineyard slows everything down. Our first harvest from Grand Ciel Vineyard was the 2004 vintage.
Grand Ciel Vineyard
High-density planting of French grape clones combined with traditional Guyot trellising slows down the growth of these vines. DeLille Cellars Founding Winemaker Chris Upchurch noted, “after achieving perfection in the vineyard, we then hand pick, hand sort, and barrel select for each vintage to bring you the best wine we can possibly make – true to our methods and to the terroir of Red Mountain”.
Located between Aquilini Vineyard, Ciel Du Cheval Vineyard, Corliss Vineyard and Quilceda Creek’s Galitzine Vineyard, our Grand Ciel Vineyard is home to several types of Syrah and Cabernet clones.
The riper, more forward of the two French Syrah clones we’ve planted. 174 gives us big, rich generous flavors.
This French Syrah clone is more structured, with better acidity and a more complex style.
This clone has been a standard in Washington State Cabernet for 60 years.
One of the great clones of Bordeaux, Cabernet 169 gives us smaller berries and therefore great concentration.
Another great clone of Bordeaux, Cabernet 191 gives us beautiful purity of fruit and rich, classic Cabernet characters.
Grand Ciel Cabernet Sauvignon
Grand Ciel Cabernet is a single vineyard, single varietal & single clone Cabernet from our estate vineyard on Red Mountain. Every detail of our vineyard has been designed to produce the highest quality fruit from the unique climate and soil of this prestigious AVA known for its ripe and structured Cabernet. Our rigorous selection process only permits a small portion of grapes to become part of Grand Ciel. The first vintage was produced in 2004.
Jason Gorski, Director of Viticulture and Winemaking at DeLille Cellars, explained Grand Ciel Cabernet Sauvignon is a “unique wine in that it’s 100% from our estate vineyard and 100% from one block. The flavors are always in balance and always in front of sugar.”
Grand Ciel Cabernet Sauvignon Profile
- Grapes produced exclusively from our Grand Ciel Estate Vineyard
- Made from single vineyard, single varietal, and single clone grapes
- Grapes originate from Clone 191 – the original French clone
- Aroma: blueberry, cassis, sweet chocolate and oak toast
- Oak: Aged 20 months in 100% new French oak
- Palate: concentrated yet restrained on the palate, balanced throughout
- Aging: 10-15+ years
Grand Ciel Syrah
At Grand Ciel, Syrah has taken on a whole new dimension. Time-honored traditional methods and modern French clones are combined with the unique climate and the unique terroir of Red Mountain: sandy loam and volcanic-ash soils. The resulting wine is one of great concentration in both fruit and terroir, yet our efforts have still managed to find the meaty, floral and focused characteristics of “old-world” Syrah.
Grand Ciel Syrah is 100% Clone 383. “Clone 383 for me is a little bit more of the meatier, cracked black pepper and savory style of Syrah,” said Jason Gorski. “One of the things I love about this clone is that there is a little bit of something citrus. The way we farm at Grand Ciel slows everything down with moderating crop loads, allowing for great complexity and flavor development, but also low potential alcohol. Lower potential alcohol means that you’re going to have lower perceived sweetness [that] allows those savory characters of the grape to shine through. I think that’s one of the things that really sets this block apart: lower potential alcohol and better-developed flavor.”
Grand Ciel Syrah Profile
- Grapes originate from Clone 383
- Aroma: Charcuterie, marionberry and blackberry with a subtle whiff of blood orange
- Oak: Aged 20 months in 30% New French Oak
- Palate: Blackberry, tapenade, beautifully integrated tannins, acidity and fruit
- Aging: 10+ years
2019 Grand Ciel Cabernet
Red Mountain AVA
There are wonderful notes upfront of cassis, black currant and kirsch liqueur. The oak aromas gently offer hints of cinnamon stick, clove, caramel and vanilla bean. The depth and subtle nuances of this wine are best experienced after a lengthy decant, as truffle, graphite and tobacco leaf are discovered. At this early stage, the tannins are already quite resolved, approachable, and guide the alluring finish. This wine will surely age as long as you are able to cellar it.Learn More
— Anthony Mueller, Robert Parker Wine Advocate