France's Sweet Winemakers Vow to Stick Together
New association defends wines that gain their flavors from "noble rot"
Thirteen French vintners have joined forces to defend naturally made sweet wines and to combat what they see as an increasing reliance on "industrial" methods to produce dessert wines. The winemakers have set up an association to promote all ways of producing sweet wines naturally, but their main focus is on wines made with grapes affected by "noble rot," the fungus Botrytis cinerea.
For the full article, check out the new issue of Wine Spectator, on newsstands October 15, 2001.