Full Review

Château Élan

Château Élan
2016 Riserva, Georgia

Pair this wine with:
Cheese Chocolate

Category: Domestic Port-Style Wine

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 19% RS: 8%
89 Points
Silver Medal
Highly Recommended
$60

Château Élan
2016 Riserva, Georgia

Pair this wine with:
Cheese Chocolate

Category: Domestic Port-Style Wine

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 19% RS: 8%
Black garnet color. Aromas of cocoa powder, ripe banana, and almond cakes with a round, crisp, very sweet medium-full body and a warming, appealing, medium-length crepes with bananas, dried figs, and cinnamon finish with light oak flavor. A fun port-style wine for those wishing to discover an underrepresented varietal; ripe, baked banana flavors display great purity and a balanced sweetness will be well received with the dessert course.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Fruity & Juicy & Smooth
Aroma Aroma: cocoa powder, ripe banana, and almond cakes
Taste Flavor: crepes with bananas, dried figs, and cinnamon
Sweetness Sweetness: Very Sweet
Enjoy Enjoy: Now-3 years with food and on its own
Recipes Pairing: Blue Cheese, Chocolate Mousse, Roquefort
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A fun port-style wine for those wishing to discover an underrepresented varietal; ripe, baked banana flavors display great purity and a balanced sweetness will be well received with the dessert course.

The Producer

Château Élan Winery

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

Their Portfolio

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.
BR Château Élan 2016 Scarlet Reserve Red Blend, American 14.5% (USA) $23.95. - Bronze Medal
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.
BR Château Élan 2016 Nancy White Blend, American 13.8% (USA) $28.95. - Bronze Medal
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.
86 Château Élan 2018 American Reserve, Pinot Noir 14.5% (USA) $27.95.

Domestic Port-Style Wine

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Serve in a Port Wine Glass
Domestic Port-Style Wines are those made in the style of Portuguese Ports wines but grown and vinified in the United States. Wines made in this style are typically fortified with brandy or distilled grape spirits which causes fermentation to stop and also increases alcohol. Flavors are typically sweetfruity, nutty, and have a stronger alcohol presence than standard table wines. The best examples are highly comparable to true Ports.