Since 1984, the SGN (selection of noble berries) classification designates sumptuous sweet wines made from carefully hand-picked grapes …
This can be added to labels of Alsace or Alsace Grands Crus appellations.
The Alsace wine-growing region boasts a semi-continental climate with very little rain and remarkable sunshine during the autumn which is notably favourable for extended ripening of grapes as well as the development of noble rot. It’s also ideal for later harvesting of grape varieties such as Riesling, Muscat, Pinot Gris or Gewurztraminer d’Alsace, often several weeks after the normal harvest time when the berries are ultimately at their best.
The Sélections de Grains Nobles must have a particularly high sugar content when harvested and can only be sold after ageing for 18 months. The substantial efforts undertaken by wine-makers were rewarded by the official recognition of Sélections de Grains Nobles by a ministerial decree from March 1, 1984.
They are obtained from harvesting grapes with noble rot where the driest berries are kept. This high content creates a more discreet varietal, with enhanced intensity, complexity and remarkable length.