I bought this wine in the US because of the high Wine Spectator score (98) and because a Loire dessert wine labelled "Selection de Grains Nobles" seemed like an interesting curiousity at the time and I thought it would make an interesting challenge at blind tastings, though as it turned out I served it non-blind to friends.
I'm not sure whether Delesvaux is considered a traditional Loire winemaker. I've read that he belongs to a group of winemakers christened by Robert Parker Sugar Hunters, which worried me that the wine would be over-the-top.
But it wasn't, though I don't think it's as amazing as the WS score indicates. I think I'm not yet attuned enough to sweet wines to appreciate a really great one but I suspect that doesn't account for all of the difference in opinion. Whatever, it was very refreshing at the end of a long barbecue lunch and well received by the wine geeks round the table.
Deep bronze colored, much deeper than I’d expected. Tea, dried fruits, orange peel and spices on the nose. The palate is even better, a bit heavy on the attack then growing lighter at the finish, balanced and very long, with good grip. It’s not very complex and I’m not sure where the high scores come from but it is indeed an excellent wine.