A greyish powdery mould which causes a number of plant diseases and is deliberately cultivated (as noble rot) on the grapes used for certain wines.
- Genus Botrytis, subdivision Deuteromycotina (or Ascomycotina), in particular the grey mould B. cinerea
More example sentences
- Always lusciously sweet, these wines are made from grapes infected by botrytis, or ‘noble rot,’ which concentrates the sugars and lends aromas of honey and apricots.
- Wines labelled as Sélection des Grains Nobles, however, nearly always contain a proportion of grapes affected by botrytis, or noble rot.
- But the heat also was so dry that it inhibited in many German vineyards the growth of botrytis, the ‘noble rot’ that makes great dessert wines.
Definition of botrytis in:
- The US English dictionary