noble rot

noun

Definition of noble rot

: a botrytis fungus (Botrytis cinerea) that infects various usually overripe wine grapes causing shriveling which results in increased sugar and flavor content and is responsible for the characteristic flavor of sauternes and related wines

First Known Use of noble rot

1905, in the meaning defined above

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“Noble rot.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/noble%20rot. Accessed 27 Sep. 2020.

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