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Petit Verdot

Petit Verdot is one of the lesser known, and much lesser used Bordeaux varieties. Like similar grapes such as Carmenere and Malbec, Petit Verdot simply needed a different climate to realize its maximum expression.

Typically used to add structure and color to Bordeaux blends, Petit Verdot, being a very late ripening variety, rarely performed at its peak in the relatively cooler climate of Bordeaux.

When taken to other regions, however, the wine produced from Petit Verdot is rich and powerful with great black fruit and hints of pencil shaving, violets and distinctive vegetal – yes, even herbal – notes that are so typical of Bordeaux varieties. If you’re looking for something less intense than Petit Verdot but still in the same vein, I suggest taking a look at…

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  • Out of curiosity, where are you finding good examples of single varietal Petit Verdot?

    Sep 13, 2011 at 11:55 AM

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