A fungus that forms a grayish powdery mold on a variety of organic matter. It causes a number of fungal plant diseases, including chocolate spot, and is deliberately cultivated (as noble rot) on the grapes used for certain wines.
- 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.
Modern Latin, from Greek botrus 'cluster of grapes'.
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