Botrytized
: Vine varieties

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Oxford Companion to Wine

Oxford Companion to Wine

By Jancis Robinson

Published 2006

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Any white grape variety may be infected benevolently by the botrytis fungus; red varieties simply lose their colour. and usually develop off-odours. Certain varieties seem particularly sensitive to the fungus and well adapted to the production of botrytized wines, however: Sémillon, Sauvignon Blanc, Chenin Blanc, Riesling, Gewürztraminer, and Furmint are traditional.