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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  • Chateau de Panigon 2010


    Gleaming and profound in color, Château de Panigon 2015 abounds in small black fruits(blackberry) and spicy. Its freshness and aromatic complexity are expressed through a delicate palette of toasted oak and brioche notes.With superb body length, beautiful silky tannins. Wine Enthusiast 91/100 Read More

    Wine review by dwl France

  • Brancaia Ilatraia Rosso Tuscany 2014


    Deeply fruited with blackberries and black currant notes, fresh spice and a clean, concentrated fruit, lightly floral with good complexity. Tart dry and complex on the palate with a good mixture of red and black fruit, an earthy character with tart and smoky chocolate tannins, herbal licorice and oak notes and a deceptively light finish of choco... Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial

  • Hi Greg and all who still won't let this place die quietly!  Thanks ... once got two 2004 Pirimmima Petit Verdot's for about $8 each (in about 2012) and they were at a perfect drinking point.  Other deals for sure. When are you going to come up to Victoria for a visit?I was talking to JD recently and we spoke of a renunion, maybe in the bay are Read More

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  • How does an iconic Napa Valley winery celebrate seventy-five years of making ... Cabernet Sauvignon and 4% Petit Verdot. We tasted a bottle sample; the wine will be released in fall 2018. It is markedly different from its predecessors, with candied violets, spice, vanilla, sweet tobacco.  It is ripe, opulent, and juicy, while pronounced, gripp... Read More

    From the article Napa Valley History in a Glass

  • Principe Corsini Marsiliana Costa Toscana Rosso 2012


    Highly aromatic red fruit aromas of strawberry, cherry and red currant with earthy notes of clay and more wild berries coming through. Nicely balanced on the palate with fruit, acidity and tannin each playing their part, earthy chocolate and toast notes set against cranberry and strawberry flavors, fine acidity and a finish of cut flowers and ce... Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial

  • Flora Springs Trilogy Napa Valley 2015


    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


    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


    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

    Wine review by duncan 906

  • Château Desmirail Margaux 1998


    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

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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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