Botrytised wine

Tasting French wine – Loire Chenin Blanc

Tasting French wine – Loire Chenin Blanc

Always refreshing and hugely versatile, it’s surprising that Chenin Blanc wines with their aromas of apples and pears and honey are so under-appreciated. Apparently this variety used to be planted in many parts of the world. However it’s an obligingly easy-to-grow variety that, if left unchecked, produces masses of rather dilute grapes lacking in aromas and flavours. Many…

Sweet wines 4 – Wines with botrytis or noble rot

Sweet wines 4 – Wines with botrytis or noble rot

In the last three posts, we’ve looked at some of the ways of making sweet wines, particularly by using extra-sweet grapes. There is one other type of very sweet grapes, which are used to make some of the world’s most sophisticated, complex and expensive wines. These are grapes affected by botrytis or noble rot. Botrytis cinerea is…