Definition of noble rot in English:

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noble rot

noun

A gray mold that is deliberately cultivated on grapes to enhance the making of certain sweet wines.
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.

Origin

1930s: translation of French pourriture noble.

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Syllabification: no·ble rot

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