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noun Winemaking.

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.

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Also called noble mold .

Origin of noble rot

First recorded in 1920–25
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noble rot

noun

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
C20: translation of French pourriture noble
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