A Selection de Grains Nobles wine is made from late harvested grapes which are affected by noble rot. Each grape must be botrytised before picking so harvest may take six to eight weeks while grapes are hand-picked, berry by berry, during multiple passes through the vineyard.
The 1999 Schlumberger Selection de Grains Nobles Riesling from Alsace is an outstanding wine in this category. In the glass, the wine was a clear, deep gold with clean, medium intense aromas of honey, almond, apricot and orange peel with touches of a petrol minerality. This full body wine was so well-balanced with a medium+ acidity that it tasted surprisingly off-dry. Honeyed flavors of nectarine, tangerine and marmalade lingered for a long finish.
Absolutely delicious at $120 a bottle.