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Noble Rot also known as pourriture in French, Edelfaule, muffa in Italian, and sometimes simply known as botrytis, is the benevolent form of botrytis bunch rot, in which the Botrytis cinerea fungus attacks ripe, undamaged white wine grapes and given the right weather can result in extremely sweet grapes which may look disgusting but have undergone such a complex transformation that they are capable of producing the world’s finest, and certainly the longest-living sweet wines. Indeed the defining factor of a great vintage for a sweet wine white in areas specialising in its production is the incidence of noble rot.

Noble Rot – official definition from Jancis Robinson’s The Oxford Companion to Wine.