Petit Verdot

 

Name of varietal: Petit Verdot
 
Common synonyms:m Petit Verdeau, Petit Verdot Noir, Verdot, Bouton, Carmelin
 
Parentage of the grape: Balisca (Albania via Greece or Rome)
 
History of the grape: It is thought Petit Verdot (“little green one”) predates Cabernet Sauvignon in Bordeaux, as far back as the 16th or 17th century. It is traditionally used as a blending grape to add body for its spicy and tannic characteristics, along with Cabernet and Merlot and sometimes Cabernet Franc. Because it is a late ripener and a persnickety grower, not much of it was replanted after the Phylloxera epidemic in the late 19th century. It is still used in Bordeaux, but mostly in warmer vintages. It has also taken hold in warmer climates of the world where it has more of a chance to thrive, such as Australia.  
 
Characteristics of the grape: dark, tannic, blackberry, black plum, spicy, clove, tobacco, cedar, black pepper. 
 
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  • Flora Springs Trilogy Napa Valley 2015

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    Earthen and red fruited with soft clay and notes of strawberry, red currant and cherry. Dusty, smoky and brooding on the palate with notes of floral cherry blossom and ripe raspberry, a hefty mouthfeel and vanilla bean notes, finishing with smoke and leather and dried concentrated blackberries layered on top of strong tannins. Read More

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  • Murrieta's Well the Spur Red Blend Livermore Valley 2015

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    Floral aromas of fresh licorice, black cherry and blackberry, a touch of green pepper and spice adding some complexity and a creamy vanilla note. This is lively and fun on the palate with juicy and jammy black cherry and purple fruit, fun cinnamon, vanilla bean and black pepper spice, gentle tannins and good acidity throughout. Read More

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  • I had an unusual wine last night. It was a ' Les Hauts de Median Petit Verdot Pays D'Oc' from Les Domaines Robert Vic. Petit Verdot is usually found as a blending grape in the Bordeaux region but this is a 100% version from an estate about 5 miles east of Beziers in Languedoc. There is pl;enty of a blackcurrant and redcurrant style fruit but the... Read More

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  • Les Hauts de Median Pays d'Oc Petit Verdot 2016

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    I bought this bottle of wine for £9 from a shop in Hampshire ... a single ... a single variety wine ie 100%petit verdot.The name refers to the small size of the berries and it is used as a blending grape in Bordeaux but it is unusual to find it as a single variety.It is a late ripening grape which is why it is only used in small proportions i... Read More

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  • Château Desmirail Margaux 1998

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    I bought this bottle of wine for £23 from the website ... sauvignon,29% merlot and 1% petit verdot and was aged in oak barrels. I started my bottle last night with my bacon pasta bake supper.It is a full bodied wine with a deep purple colour.There is a blackcurrant,bramble and blueberry style fruit with a suggestion of smoke or cigar box.It is ... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Throughout my global wine travels, the winegrowers I meet offer a unified ... ... sauvignon, 30% merlot and 2% petit Verdot. 2015 is composed of 63% cabernet sauvignon, 33% merlot, 3% petit Verdot and 1% cabernet franc. Proportion of cabernet sauvignon, in the vintage 2016, is the highest we have used for years, and merlot the lowest. Cabernet... Read More

    From the article A Vintage Success Story (To Everyone's Surprise)


  • Several bottles showed up today:3 from Australia - L - Best's Great ... blend of Malbec, Bonarda and Petit Verdot, selling it to the best restaurants in Buenos Aires in the 1930s and '40s. This is an honest, authentic re-imagining of a blend that highlights Malbec's delicious fruit, with Bonarda's slightly rustic brawn and Petite Verdot's colo... Read More

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  • Benegas Lynch Libertad Estate Single Vineyard Old Vines Blend Mendoza 2009

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    Generous and ripe fruit notes of red currant, black cherry and toasted oak with light sawdust and earth notes. Juicy and spiced on the palate with notes of clove, cinnamon and black cherry with a darker blackberry preserve and black currant fruit coming through on the mid palate - gorgeous round mouthfeel and a balanced touch of tannin adding so... Read More

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  • Back in the 80’s Chateau Musar and its winemaker Gaston Hochar caused ... ... Sauvignon, Merlot and Petit Verdot.  “Our whites are delicate and aromatic whilst our reds are rich, fleshy and tannic”, notes Ksara’s Chairman Zafer Chaoui.To complete the French Connection, Ksara’s winemaker is a Bordeaux man, “I was at Chateau Prieure-Lichine in ... Read More

    From the article This Wine Region Lurks in the Shadows


  • Chateau Cissac Cru Bourgeois Haut-Medoc 2014

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    I bought this bottle of wine from the website ... sauvignon,20% merlot and 5% petit verdot and was aged in oak barrels.I started it last night with my supper of bacon and mushroom pasta bake. My initial impresion was how fresh and fruity it was [think blackcurrant and bramble] with a hint of coffee,smoke and licorice and some unobtrusive but st... Read More

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  • Amazing varietal that has flourished here in the Levant area of Spain. Try Casa de la Ermita Petit Verdot 2006 for a superbly distinctive interpretation of the varietal.

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