Full Review

Château Élan

Château Élan
2015 Reserve, Chardonnay, American

Pair this wine with:
Chicken Pasta Shellfish Vegetables

Category: Chardonnay

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 15%
83 Points
Bronze Medal
Recommended
$23.95

Château Élan
2015 Reserve, Chardonnay, American

Pair this wine with:
Chicken Pasta Shellfish Vegetables

Category: Chardonnay

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 15%
Bright golden yellow color. Roasted, smoky aromas and flavors of rubber eraser, toasted cedar, grilled apples, and fleur de sel with a supple, bright, dryish light-to-medium body and a tingling, breezy finish revealing accents of reduced lemon, grilled pineapple, dried mango and apple, and pepper with heavy oak flavor. A bold toasty, oaky chardonnay sipper.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Juicy & Smooth, Crisp & Lively & Oaky
Aroma Aroma: rubber eraser, toasted cedar, grilled apples, and fleur de sel
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with accents of reduced lemon, grilled pineapple, dried mango and apple, and pepper
Sweetness Sweetness: Dryish
Enjoy Enjoy: Now on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Chicken Matzoh Soup, Corn Chowder, Boiled Lobster
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A bold toasty, oaky chardonnay sipper.

The Producer

Château Élan Winery

The Producer
100 Tour de France
Braselton, GA 30517
USA
1 678-425-0900

Their Portfolio

91 Château Élan 2015 Reserve, Pinot Grigio, American 13.5% (USA) $22.95.
90 Château Élan 2015 Reserve, Pinot Noir, American 14.5% (USA) $26.95.
85 Château Élan 2015 Muscadry Blanc, Georgia 12.5% (USA) $15.95.
87 Château Élan 2015 Muscadry Rosé, Georgia 12.5% (USA) $15.95.
83 Château Élan 2015 Muscadry Rouge, Georgia 13% (USA) $17.95.
83 Château Élan 2015 Reserve, Chardonnay, American 15% (USA) $23.95.
86 Château Élan 2015 "Belle" Reserve, American 14% (USA) $23.95.
86 Château Élan 2015 Reserve, Sauvignon Blanc, American 13% (USA) $23.95.
91 Château Élan 2015 "Scarlet" Reserve, American 14.5% (USA) $26.95.
90 Château Élan 2015 Reserve, Cabernet Sauvignon, American 15.5% (USA) $34.95.
92 Château Élan 2014 "Mameli" Signature, American 15.3% (USA) $49.95.
88 Château Élan 2014 "Meritage", American 14.8% (USA) $49.95.
93 Château Élan 2014 "Zyrah", American 15.8% (USA) $49.95.
85 Château Élan NV Duncan Creek, Muscadine, Georgia 12% (USA) $11.95.
88 Château Élan NV Summer Wine, Georgia 12% (USA) $11.95.
95 Château Élan NV Port Reserve, American 19% (USA) $36.95.
88 Château Élan 2016 Reserve, Chardonnay, American 13.5% (USA) $24.95.
88 Château Élan 2017 Reserve, Chardonnay, American 13.5% (USA) $24.95.
86 Château Élan 2017 Reserve, Pinot Grigio, American 13.5% (USA) $23.95.
86 Château Élan 2017 Reserve, Chardonnay, American 14.3% (USA) $23.95.
89 Château Élan NV Port Riserva, American 19% (USA) $39.95.
93 Château Élan 2015 Les Petits Finger Red Blend, American 15.5% (USA) $49.95.
84 Château Élan 2016 Scarlet Reserve Red Blend, American 14.5% (USA) $23.95.
85 Château Élan 2015 TNT, Tannat, American 15.3% (USA) $69.95.
85 Château Élan 2014 El Tempranillo , Tempranillo, American 14.5% (USA) $69.95.
81 Château Élan 2016 Nancy White Blend, American 13.8% (USA) $28.95.
85 Château Élan 2015 Fingerprint Collection, Tempranillo, American 15% (USA) $90.00.
85 Château Élan 2016 Fingerprint Collection, Montepulciano, American 15% (USA) $100.00.
90 Château Élan 2016 Red Blend, American 15.8% (USA) $60.00.
90 Château Élan 2017 Reserve, Pinot Noir, American 14.5% (USA) $35.00.
86 Château Élan 2016 Fingerprint Collection Les Petits Red Blend, American 15.5% (USA) $60.00.
90 Château Élan 2017 Reserve, Cabernet Sauvignon, American 15.5% (USA) $60.00.
87 Château Élan 2017 Fingerprint Collection, Grenache, American 15.5% (USA) $60.00.
88 Château Élan 2017 Reserve, Merlot, American 15% (USA) $27.00.
88 Château Élan 2017 Reserve, Cabernet Sauvignon, American 15.5% (USA) $29.00.
93 Château Élan 2018 Reserve, Sauvignon Blanc, American 13.2% (USA) $25.00.
89 Château Élan 2017 Fingerprint Collection, Malbec, American 15% (USA) $60.00.
88 Château Élan 2018 Cherokee White, Georgia 13% (USA) $22.00.
88 Château Élan 2018 Cherokee Rosé, Georgia 13% (USA) $22.00.
89 Château Élan 2016 Riserva, Georgia 19% (USA) $60.00.
87 Duncan Creek NV Duncan Creek Red, Muscadine, Georgia 12% (USA) $11.95.

Chardonnay

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Serve in a White Wine Glass
Chardonnay is arguably the world’s most famous white variety, thanks to its success in France’s Burgundy region as well as throughout much of California. Chardonnay on its own has rather straightforward, pleasant aromas of apple and pear, but when aged (and sometimes fermented) in small oak barrels, the wines take on extra richness as well as notes of toasted almond, vanilla and yeast.

The most renowned examples of Chardonnay are from small villages and vineyards in Burgundy, such as Chassagne-Montrachet, Puligny-Montrachet and Meursault. These wines are very powerful with ample spicy notes and very good acidity; they age very well, sometimes as long as 20-25 years. Another part of Burgundy, Chablis, is home to more restrained style of Chardonnay. Certain areas of California, especially Russian River Valley in Sonoma and Santa Barbara County are also home to many distinguished examples of Chardonnay, with those from the latter region often displaying tropical fruit flavors.

Given that most Chardonnnays are aged in small oak barrels, there has been a movement as of late to give consumers a mored delicate style of Chardonnay, without all the spicy and toasty flavors. Thus there are now many producers that produce non-oak aged Chardonnays; this has been seen from many producers from Australia as well as a few in California as well.

Chardonnay, especially oak-aged versions, are quite rich and need seafood of equal richness at the dinner table. Thus lobster, halibut and swordfish are ideal food pairings.