noble rot

noun

: 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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Tokaj Aszú is made from grapes affected by noble rot. Per And Britt Karlsson, Forbes, 24 June 2022 The Tokaji aszú wines are made by macerating the whole berries of highly concentrated noble rot grapes affected by botrytis in the wine must over a span of a couple of days. Cathrine Todd, Forbes, 2 June 2021 Semillon dominates but Sauvignon Blanc can also be affected by the noble rot. Per And Britt Karlsson, Forbes, 12 Apr. 2021

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Word History

First Known Use

1905, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of noble rot was in 1905

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“Noble rot.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/noble%20rot. Accessed 8 Feb. 2023.

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