or botrytis-affected, wines

Appears in
Oxford Companion to Wine

By Jancis Robinson

Published 2006

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botrytized or botrytis-affected, wines are those made from white grapes affected by the benevolent form of botrytis bunch rot, known in English as noble rot. Distinctively scented in youth, and with considerably more extract than most wines, they are the most complex and longest lived of all the sweet, white table wines. The noble rot smell is often described as honeyed, but it can also have an (attractive) overtone of boiled cabbage.

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