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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  • Napa

      There is some debate over how this famous wine region got its name. Spanish settlers named...

  • France

    Perhaps no country evokes such strong associations with fine wine as does France. Its reputatio...

  • Spain

    Spain is one of the word’s largest wine-producing regions. It comprises most of the Iberian Pen...

  • Italy

    Wine in Italy is as much an integral part of everyday culture as love, family, cuisine and usin...

  • Argentina

    Argentina is one of the top five wine-producing countries in the world. For a long time, most o...

  • Australia

    The history of wine-making in Australia dates back to the late 1700s when the first European se...

  • Sonoma County

      Wine-making in Sonoma, California began in 1812 when Russian colonists planted grapes at F...

  • Bordeaux

    Located around the Gironde estuary and along the Dordogne and Garonne rivers, Bordeaux is one o...

  • USA

    "American Wine" has existed since the first Europeans brought their vinous heritage and tradition...

Popular Wineries using Petit Verdot

  • Round Hill Vineyards & Cellars

    Rutherford Wine Company is family owned and managed with a portfolio of wines representing the ri...

  • Don Sebastiani & Sons

      To Don Sebastiani and Sons, family is clearly an important aspect of winemaking. While ...

  • William Hill Winery

    William Hill Estate Winery carries forward a 30-year philosophy of crafting elegant Napa Valley w...

  • Joseph Carr

    Joseph Carr wines are produced at Larson Family Vineyards in Carneros, bordering both Napa and So...

  • Screaming Eagle Winery

      Screaming Eagle is a small winery based in Oakville, California. The original 57-acre (23 ...

  • Jessup Cellars

    Owners Dan and Becky Blue, Roy and Cheri Eisiminger and Vance and Jana Thompson are proud to pres...

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  • Simoneau Vineyards Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2006


    What a Cabernet! Absolutely delicious. I'm used to drinking Silver Oak Alexander Valley, and Jordan. This has more character and more elegance than anything I've had out of Alexander Valley so far. I'm a huge fan and look forward to seeing what he does in the future. I'm excited I found this winemaker. Read More

    Wine review by allenmadison

  • Caliza Domaine de Valdepusa Do Syrah/Petit Verdot Mdg M.o 2009


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    Wine review by LetUsTaste

  • Chateau Bolaire Bordeaux Superieur 2010


    A nice Damson Fruit (dark plum) greets the nose on this edition of the ... ... meets plenty of tannin and Petit Verdot notes (leather especially) but tempered with lots of black and red fruit such as cherry and blackberry. Some density is lacking despite the tannin structure, but good value. 88 point Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden

  • Tamarack Cellars Firehouse Red 2011


    Good blend of blackberry and black cherry, complimented by vibrant acidity with subtle earthy spice notes; fine tannins, moderate finish. Read More

    Wine review by 849222cgplayer9 849222 cgplayer9

  • Château Marquis-d'Alesme-becker Margaux 1998


    I bought this bottle of wine from the website ... sauvignon 30% merlot and 5% petit verdot and spends 18 months in oak barrels. I started my bottle last night with my supper of roast chicken and I enjoyed it. There is plenty of a blackcurrant or plum style fruit there and the tannins were soft and mellow.In short this was a quality wine at a va... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906

  • Blue Rock Baby Blue Red Blend 2011


    Makes GREAT sangria. Read More

    Wine review by EnFuego4719

  • Dry Creek Vineyard the Mariner 2010


    Very nice Dry Creek bordeaux blend. Fairly tight at the moment but anticipating this will open up with some air time. Loads of dark fruit, ripe plum, raisin, a touch of smoke, medium to fine but not too grippy tannin and a medium finish. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0

  • Long Shadows Wineries Pedestal 2011


    87% Merlot, 9% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Petit VerdotClassic Merlot on the nose, decidedly plummy with streaks of chocolate, herb, and toasty, creme brûlée oak. Soft and large scaled on entry, there's plenty of tannin and acid serving as structure here but the fruit somehow doesn't manage to cover everything, the tannins in particular stick out on ... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Long Shadows Wineries Pirouette 2011


    53% Cabernet Sauvignon, 23% Merlot, 15% Petit Verdot, 5% Cabernet Franc, 4% Malbec14.9% $55Plummy and very low key on the nose, which shows some violet and green herb with pencil lead nuance over black berry fruit. Soft, rich and caressing in the mouth, this is packed with fruit, soft tannins, and integrated acids. Its a plump wine but one that ... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Long Shadows Chester Kidder 2010


    67% Cabernet Sauvignon, 28% Syrah, 5% Petit VerdotDark fruit rich with aromas of candied blueberry, roasted meats, and roasted herbs is intense and complex on the nose showing rather high toned details. While rather soft on entry, this is wide open and rich in the mouth with red and black cherry fruit and super fine tannins. Texturally this fill... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

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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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