Dessert Wines – France

*Noble rot is the kinder form of the fungus, Botrytis cinerea, which affects wine grapes. It requires moist conditions and if the weather remains damp then the bad form, known as “grey rot,” can destroy whole crops of grapes. Infected when they are ripe, if drier conditions then prevail they become slightly raisined and if picked at the prime time can produce elegant wines such as Yquem.