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66% Cabernet Sauvignon
24% Merlot
10% Cabernet Franc


Red Mountain AVA


Age 5-20 Years


66% Ciel du Cheval
6% Klipsun
17% Portteus
11% Boushey

1998 Chaleur Estate

There is an intense nose of plums, sweet tar and black fruits along with chocolate and coffee spices.  The flavor shows deep concentration.  You have opulent black fruit notes that are nicely wrapped with grip, ripe tannins and toasty oak integration.  Perhaps its greatest attribute is its marathon finish.  This is the biggest and most concentrated Chaleur Estate to date and should have great lasting power.


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91 Points

— Robert Parker, Wine Advocate

91 Points

“The medium to dark ruby-colored 1998 Chaleur Estate offers sultry spice, violet, and jammy cherry aromas. This velvety-textured, medium-bodied red reveals loads of muscle to its underlying, candied cherry, raspberry, and blueberry character. An elegant, well-detailed offering, it combines gorgeous layers of sweet, bright, fresh fruit with a delightfully harmonious personality as well as an extensive, pure finish.” – Pierre Rovani

Oct 2001

Additional Scores:


James Suckling


Wine Enthusiast


Wine Spectator

Pairing Suggestion

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

1998 Chaleur Estate

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.



Cold soaked 24-36 hours, fermented 14-16 days on skin, aged 20 months in 100% French oak (100% new) and aged in bottle 8 months prior to release.