DeLille Cellars

 "Lafite Rothschild of Washington State."  - Robert Parker

Chris Upchurch

"To make great wine, you must know great wine."

Chris Upchurch "To make great wine, you must know great wine."

Robert Parker has called DeLille Cellars the “Lafite Rothschild of Washington State.”  It is no coincidence that this boutique winery is often compared with First-Growth Bordeaux Chateaux.  DeLille Cellars is dedicated to handcrafting elegant wines in the Bordeaux  style, using only the very finest hand sorted grape clusters to make their wine.  These sophisticated wines are made to uncompromising standards of quality.  All of the wines are aged in new French oak and are bottled unfiltered.  Winemaker Chris Upchurch talks in terms of ‘complete wine’, with qualities like opulence, mouthfeel, balance and elegance.  Chris’ goal is simple: to blend the very best hand-crafted, Bordeaux style red and white wines made in the state of Washington.  A satestament to his success, DeLille set the record for the highest price paid for a bottle of Washington State wine at auction ($16,000 in 1997).

Website

www.delillecellars.com/

Address

14300 NE 145th St., Suite 101, Woodinville, WA 98072

Wine Maker

Chris Upchurch

Country

America

Region

Washington

Appellation

Columbia Valley, Horse Heaven Hills, Yakima Valley, Rattlesnake Hills, Red Mountain, Walla Walla Valley


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Wines from this Winery


DeLille Chaleur Blanc

This 2018 Chaleur Blanc shows magnificent balance throughout, with aromas of baked pie crast, grapefruit and cirtus oil. On the palate, this symmetry continues, with the fruit comtributing 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.

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¥4,900
DeLille D2

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¥8,300
DeLille D2

2016 D2, the 25th vintage of this remarkable cuvee, leaps from the glass with an impressive and inviting abundance of fruit aromas -  pomegranate, fresh blueberry and currant.  Restrained oak influence enrobes the fruit, adding cocoa nibs and cherry cordial.  Dense and vibrant on the palate, with a pure fruit core, the wine offers elegant tannin and remarkable integration, with incredibly balanced barrel infulience and cabernet presence  to support an extended finish.

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¥8,300
DeLille Cellars Four Flags Cabernet Sauvignon

The fruit aromas of the 2016 Four Flags are fresh and focused, with blueberry, rec currant and pomegranate mingling with barrel note of cocoa nibs and wood smoke. Sourced solely from Red Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon, this wine beautifully showcases the typicity of the AVA, with inviting notes of cedar, lavender and bay leaf. The palate offers generous flavors, with chocolate covered cherries and tapenade carried by fresh acidity. Ample, fine-grained tannins carry the flavors through a lenghty finish, promising many years of graceful aging.

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¥11,000
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DeLille Chaleur Estate Red

The 2017 Chaleur Estate is another stunning vintage for this, Washington State's original Bordeaux blend. Highly aromatic on the nose, with floral lavender, cassis and cedar complimented by dark chocolate, spice and lead pencil. In contrast to such an elegant nose, the palate is extreamely robust and concentrated, with great energy and an explosive entry filled with cherry and blackberry. An extended, persistent finish is driven by this cuvee's traditionally fine-grained tannin.

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¥14,500
DeLille Harrison Hill Red

Leading with a lifted floral scent and a hint of spice, the palate follows with a surprisingly feminine texture showing traces of fresh cherry and wild brambleberry. Cabernet Sauvignon (65%) provides a unique black cherry color while Merlot (25%), Cabernet Franc (9%), and Petit Verdot (1%) bring subtle undertones lending an even richer voice to this wine. 

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¥18,000
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DeLille Cellars Grand Ciel Estate Cabernet Sauvignon

The 2014 Grand Ciel Cabernet Sauvignon offers impeccable balance, emphasizing the focus and elegance of our estate vineyard.  The power and structure of Red Mountain is showcased in the aromas of blue and black fruits with dried earth, Herbs de Provance and subtle rose petal notes.  The wine is forward and powerfully dense in the mouth, while remaining remarkably supple.  Cassis, anis, pomegranate and marmalade flavors give way to integrated eucalyptus and sous bois (forest floor) nuances from the cooperage.  A long finish promises exceptional cellaring time. Wine Adovocate: 95+

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¥24,000
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