1998 Château Climens Sauternes (Bordeaux, France)
Botrytis is a mold that affects grapes in humid conditions. Sometimes, it has nasty results that we call grey rot. But sometimes, if the stars align, it gives us utterly gorgeous results that we call noble rot. Noble rot shrivels the grapes, turning them almost into raisins and concentrating their sugars while mysteriously imbuing them with these exotic spice, saffron and honey notes. The results are like grown up, special go-go juice, and it'll definitely help you win come dessert time. As for Sauternes, that's the region within Bordeaux, France, where two rivers come together to create humid conditions that are perfect for botrytis. They grow Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon and Muscadelle grapes in Sauternes, though Château Climens rocks 100% Semillon. Oh and check it—1998?? This little honey-cougar should be drinking go-go-gorgeously right now.
Drink with friends and: stinky cheese laced with honey
Average retail price: $39 (for 375ml bottle)