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noble rot

noun, Winemaking.
1.
the fungus Botrytis cinerea, which is cultivated in some winemaking processes, especially in the making of French Sauternes, where the ripened grapes become shriveled as a result of its introduction, thereby concentrating the juice and increasing the sugar content.
Also called noble mold.
Origin
1920-1925
1920-25
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noble rot

noun
1.
(winemaking) a condition in which grapes are deliberately affected by Botrytis cinerea, resulting in the shrivelling of the ripened grapes, which in turn leads to an increased sugar content
Word Origin
C20: translation of French pourriture noble
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