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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  • Mauvais Garcon Bad Boy 2009

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    Slightly less than 3 years ago but still very, very good. Lovely dark berry fruit, moderate tannins with well balanced acidity, wood, mushrooms (This has developed over the last 2-3 yrs. Plenty of power through and a nice flushing aftertaste. Drink now - Paul 91 points Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Chateau Micalet Cru Artisan Haut Medoc 2001

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    I bought two bottles of this wine on the website ... sauvignon,25% merlot,5% petit verdot and 3% cabernet franc and the wine was aged in oak barrels.I started the first bottle last night with my pork chop supper and I did enjoy it. There is plenty of a blackcurrant,blueberry and plum style fruit there with soft but very well structured tannins ... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • I did not really know much about wine when I started my junior year abroad ... ... Sauvignon, 31% Merlot, 2% Petit Verdot. This wine is not labeled as a “Cru Bourgeois” on the label, but it has been a Cru Bourgeois since the 2013 vintage. Black cherry and blackberry exude from the deep violet wine along with earth and a touch of forrest floor.... Read More

    From the article There is Nothing Bourgeois about Cru Bourgeois


  • Regardless of the Barolo's style, you'll get more of its potential out ... ... 6% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot vines averaging 40 years old.  The world-class estate was first planted in 1815 by Etienne Théodore Dumoulin. Forty-years later, the relatively young château was granted Second-Growth status in the 1855 official classification. ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic What have you bought lately?


  • Saved "Tattoo" Red Blend 2012

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    The winemaker's notes call this a big powerful wine. Not so much. It does open to add depth and some strength, but it takes a good 45-60 mns. to open fully and the end result was a red berry driven wine with medium tannins, smallish pepper notes and a decent ending acidity. Honestly don't think this worth the nearly $25 it takes to buy locally. ... Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Robert Mondavi Cabernet Sauvignon Oakville Napa Valley 2009

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    Wine review by Tomeka Ellison


  • Robert Mondavi Cabernet Sauvignon Oakville Napa Valley 2009

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  • Robert Mondavi Cabernet Sauvignon Oakville Napa Valley 2009

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  • Robert Mondavi Cabernet Sauvignon Oakville Napa Valley 2009

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  • Marqués de Casa Concha Cabernet Sauvignon Puente Alto Cyt M.O 2010

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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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