Full Review

Château Élan

Château Élan
2015 Reserve, Pinot Grigio, American

Pair this wine with:
Chicken Shellfish

Category: Pinot Grigio

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 13.5%
91 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$22.95

Château Élan
2015 Reserve, Pinot Grigio, American

Pair this wine with:
Chicken Shellfish

Category: Pinot Grigio

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 13.5%
Bright yellow straw color. Toasty aromas and flavors of warm praline, buttered nut toast, and dried nectarine and apple with a silky, soft, fruity light-to-medium body and an effortless, captivating, medium-length finish displaying notes of lemon sorbet and green apple with no oak flavor. A very lively, tangy, mouthwatering pinot grigio that will be a great aperitif.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Juicy & Smooth, Crisp & Lively & Fruity
Aroma Aroma: warm praline, buttered nut toast, and dried nectarine and apple
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with notes of lemon sorbet and green apple
Sweetness Sweetness: Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now-3 years on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Smoked Shrimp, Crab Cakes, Chicken Fajitas
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A very lively, tangy, mouthwatering pinot grigio that will be a great aperitif.

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.

Pinot Grigio

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Serve in a White Wine Glass
Pinot Grigio – aka Pinot Gris – has become one of Italy’s most popular white wines in America. Popular to the point of Indian, Greek and even Spanish restaurants offering at least one version on their wine list.

Truth be told, while Pinot Grigio in Italy can be an excellent wine – though hardly great – the typical version has little to offer save for some faint aromas of apple, pear and dried flowers. As Pinot Grigio has become a commodity, there are now hundreds, perhaps thousands of producers across Italy (and even some in America) that produce a simple, uncomplicated version that has little complexity or weight on the palate- the ultimate summer sipper.

However, producers in cool climates such as Friuli, Alto Adige and Valle d’Aosta (where it is usually referred to as Pinot Gris) do make excellent version, generally from high elevation vineyards that have twenty or more years of age. These wines have plenty of spice as well as richness and offer impressive complexity. Pair these finer examples with vegetable or seafood risotto, lighter poultry or pork medallions.