One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A gray mold that is deliberately cultivated on grapes to enhance the making of certain sweet wines.
The fungus is Botrytis cinerea, subdivision Deuteromycotina
- ‘It is every thing that one could hope for in a dessert wine, complex flavours (a veritable fruit bowl of exotic fruits), unctuousness, sweetness without being cloying thanks to a hint of noble rot.’
- ‘Her ‘Botrytis’ is for Sauternes-ophiles who love the noble rot.’
- ‘The most important Hungarian wine region is Tokaji, the oldest sweet wine from noble rot in the world.’
- ‘A sweet white wine produced from the noble rot, Louis XIV of France declared it ‘king of wines, wine of kings’.’
- ‘Wines labelled as Sélection des Grains Nobles, however, nearly always contain a proportion of grapes affected by botrytis, or noble rot.’
1930s: translation of French pourriture noble.
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