The 2007 Chaleur Estate highlights the style of the 2007 vintage with a stunning nose of fresh currants, blueberries, violets, vanilla, and just a touch of Bordeaux-esque fresh herbs. This is a large-scaled yet balanced wine that wonderfully expresses the strength of the vintage, which looks to be another great one for Washington. Structured and elegant, with a sweet-fruited mid-palate and lengthy finish, this wine is definitely built for the long haul, which is customary for our Chaleur Estate.
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— Jeb Dunnuck, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate
The 2007 Chaleur Estate is sensational. Coming mostly from Ciel du Cheval and a classic blend of 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot, 7% Cabernet Franc and the balance Petit Verdot, it was raised all in new French oak barrels. Full-bodied, concentrated and expansive, with a palate-saturating texture that keeps you coming back to the glass, it boasts fabulous notes of crème de cassis, graphite, crushed flowers and spice. This is a great vintage in Washington State and this 2007 has richness, depth and intensity, with no sensation of weight. It’s already hard to resist, but it will cruise in the cellar.
Seared Rack of Lamb with black garlic gastrique, herb gnocchi, beurre noisette and lamb jus — Other pairing recommendations include hearty mushroom-based dishes, earthy risottos and rich pastas.
Behind the Wine
2007 Chaleur Estate 1.5L Engraved
DeLille Cellars’ inaugural wine, Chaleur Estate marks the foundation on which the winery has built its craft of blending Washington State fruit in the traditional style. This wine is a Cabernet Sauvignon-dominant blend of Bordeaux varietals, with a focus on Red Mountain vineyards. The result is a wine of depth, complexity, focus and elegance that personifies the French word for warmth, chaleur.
Ciel du Cheval is one of Washington’s most prestigious vineyards. The 1982 planting of Cabernet Sauvignon at this famed Red Mountain site is the backbone of Chaleur Estate.