Definition of noble rot in English:

noble rot

Syllabification: no·ble rot


  • A gray mold that is deliberately cultivated on grapes to enhance the making of certain sweet wines.
    • The fungus is Botrytis cinerea, subdivision Deuteromycotina
    More example sentences
    • Wines labelled as Sélection des Grains Nobles, however, nearly always contain a proportion of grapes affected by botrytis, or noble rot.
    • The most important Hungarian wine region is Tokaji, the oldest sweet wine from noble rot in the world.
    • Her ‘Botrytis’ is for Sauternes-ophiles who love the noble rot.


1930s: translation of French pourriture noble.

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