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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  • Montes Purple Angel 2015

    Snoothrank:

    Looks dark, deep and divinely delectable, this Purple Angel, and I can report that it is unbelievably dense. The colour is almost black... opaque; the nose is of blueberry, huckleberry (bilberry, whortleberry) - soft and sweet - like those wild berry pies mother used to make. Absolutely stunning and inviting. Mouthfeel is also dense, smooth and ... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Speaking of merlot, opened this lovely red from Swanson.For Merlot this is ... ... wine has some cab and some petit verdot added in which provide a good hit of dark fruit and tannin to go with the ripe blue fruits of the merlot. There's some nice layers of ripe black cherry and blackberry along with a bit of earthiness. The tannins are a bit o... Read More

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  • Moon Curser Border Vines 2016

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    The Border Vines 2016 is a delicious, fresh and pure wine - possibly in a vein ... and colour is black cherry (Petit Verdot?); entryis a pure, only slightly acerbic mix of sweet cherry and light oak; medium body, but elegant with a medium-log finish. Satisfying and a great bargain. Better than all WA wines in the same price range. 89-9 Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Château Batailley Pauillac 5ème Cru Classé Pauillac 1998

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    I bought this bottle of wine for £40 from the website ... cabernet franc and 2% petit verdot and spent 18 months in oak barrels.The average vine age is 40 years.I started my bottle last night with my supper of baked chicken breast There is some blackcurrant,blueberry and blackberry style fruit with overtones of licorice,coffee and smoke and so... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Château Rollan de By Cru Bourgeois Médoc Bordeaux 2007

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    No written review

    Wine review by martins2002


  • Chateau la Tour de Mons Margaux 2005

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    I bought this bottle of wine for £12 from the website www.cellartrade.co.uk. ... cabernet sauvignon and 5% petit verdot and spent 12 months in oak barrels.I started my bottle last night with my supper of roast pork There is plenty of a fresh blackcurrant,plum and vanilla style fruit with some soft but smooth and well structured tannins. In sho... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Chateau les Rambauds Bordeaux Malbec 2016

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    I bought this bottle of wine from a wine merchant in Sussex.It is from the ... ... perhaps a little malbec or petit verdot added to the blend. However this wine is 100% malbec which is unusual for Bordeaux.I started the bottle last night with my pasta bake supper.It is a full bodied wine with some blackcurrant and blackberry style fruit, a hin... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Chateau Cantemerle Haut-Medoc France Bordeaux 1997

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    I bought this bottle of wine for £20 from the website ... cabernet franc and 4% petit verdot and spent 12 months in oak barrels 50% of which were new. I started my bottle last night with my roast chicken supper.It is a full bodied and well structured wine. There is some very concentrated blackcurrant and licorice style fruit with ahint of smok... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Z, this bottle was a gift from a good friend and I've been holding on to it ... ... Sauvignon, 7% Merlot, 7% Petit Verdo Read More

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  • We were at our friends the other night for a going away party for their son who ... 43% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2% Petit Verdot).  Both were phenomenal, just in that perfect stage where the tannins were fully resolved but the fruit was still very much present.  Both of these were fairly complex and big wines with loads of layers.  Everyone enjoyed ... 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.

    Comment by 631179Dean Stevens 631179 Dean Stevens


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