1999 Philippe Delesvaux, Coteaux du Layon, Sélection de Grains Nobles (RT 97) I’ve gone through numerous bottles of this killer dessert wine over the years and while there is expected variability in the bottling, it has never disappointed. Popped and poured, as it approaches age 20 it is now showing a darker, more developed hue with tinges of golden honey and copper tones. The bouquet is marked with spicy noble rot (botrytis), candied ginger, ripe apricot and notes of hazelnut. The palate shows the brightness of Chenin Blanc with a lifted richness that stays fresh and energized due to the incredible acidity that balances beautifully with the richness of the fruit. Another very impressive showing, this is a producer that continually bottles impressive late harvest Chenin. Simply to die for and highly recommended. Drink now – 2040+