Full Review

Château Élan

Château Élan
2017 Reserve, Merlot, American

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Pasta Pork

Category: Merlot

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 15%
88 Points
Silver Medal
Highly Recommended
$27

Château Élan
2017 Reserve, Merlot, American

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Pasta Pork

Category: Merlot

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 15%
Ruby black color. Herbal aromas and flavors of eucalyptus, blackberry pie, menthol-mint lozenge, worn leather, and chocolate with a satiny, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a seamless, intriguing, medium-length finish with moderate oak flavor. A highly drinkable, herbal Merlot for fans of Australian wines.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Fruity, Juicy & Smooth, Oaky & Rich & Full
Aroma Aroma: eucalyptus, blackberry pie, menthol-mint lozenge, worn leather, and chocolate
Taste Flavor: eucalyptus, blackberry pie, menthol-mint lozenge, worn leather, and chocolate
Sweetness Sweetness: Dry-yet-Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now-3 years on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Baked Ham, Meat Loaf, Lasagna
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A highly drinkable, herbal Merlot for fans of Australian wines.

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.

Merlot

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Serve in a Cabernet Wine Glass
Merlot is a red variety that is loved by consumers, yet often shunned by certain wine gurus and critics, as they perceive these wines as “little sisters” to the more powerful Cabernet Sauvignon. Yet on its own, the best examples of Merlot are multi-layered, complex wines that are among the finest in the world.

Merlot has many similar flavors to Cabernet Sauvignon, especially with its cherry and plum fruit, but is has fewer, less sharp tannins than Cabernet Sauvignon. Many producers whether in Bordeaux, America, Chile or elsewhere, often blend small percentages of Merlot into Cabernet Sauvignon to lessen the tannic bitterness of the latter.

A few districts in France’s Bordeaux region, namely Pomerol, are home to the greatest examples of Merlot. Chateau Petrus is the world’s most famous example of Merlot, a powerful wine that ages beautifully for 30 or 40 years in the best vintages. There are also celebrated examples from American, especially in Washington’s Walla Walla valley as well as in Napa Valley in California. Merlot is also very successful in Chile, New Zealand and even in certain part of Italy.

Merlot pairs best with foods such as lamb or veal, but it also sought out by consumers to accompany steaks and roast when they want a rounder, more elegant red wine.