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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  • Road 13 Fifth Element 2012


    The 2012 5th Element - a blend of at least 4 modern Bordeaux grape varieties ... ... (including a little Petit Verdot) is a powerful wine in the vein of an Haut-Medoc of some pedigree, The wine has a strong aroma of blackberry, cassis and tobacco with a good, dark robe with slight bricking on the rim. On the palate, the wine is full of blackb... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden

  • Columbia Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley 2015


    Dusty and dry but quite fruity aromas of plum, raisin and red currant. Nicely spiced and red fruited on the palate with raspberry, red currant and Bing cherry flavors with a touch of herb clinging to the edges and streaks of resinous tannin coming through on the chocolatey finish.89 pts Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial

  • Zuf, re: small additions of other grapes to a blend, curious what you think ... ... of small amounts of petit verdot in things like Bordeaux and Napa cabs.  Everything I've read infers petit verdot makes a difference in taste and structure, even in small (2-10%) quantities.  I've always wanted to participate in a blending session just to see ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Chianti and Super Tuscans

  • Château Belgrave Haut Medoc 2000


    I bought this bottle of wine for £25.50 from the website ... cabernet franc and 3% petit verdot.. The wine spent 15 months in oak barrels 50% of which were new.I started my bottle last night with my supper of baked chicken breast. There is some blackcurrant,blackberry and blueberry style fruit and some coffee or smoke particularly on the finis... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906

  • Read up on Lindeman's thread, and thought this would be a good topic to discuss.To Greg's point about blending Merlot and sometimes Cabernet in with Chianti blends, I hear that trend had been on the downswing, which is probably a good thing for Chianti proper, though there will be some really good "Super Tuscan's" made from the blending as well.... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Chianti and Super Tuscans

  • Grand Vin de Chateau Latour 1974


    Gift from an exceptional friend. Just dumbfounded. Read More

    Wine review by raindance

  • Montes Purple Angel 2015


    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

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?

  • Moon Curser Border Vines 2016


    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. 8 Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden

  • Château Batailley Pauillac 5ème Cru Classé Pauillac 1998


    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

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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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