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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  • Bordeaux

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

  • Argentina

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

  • Spain

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  • 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...

  • Italy

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    Today, Château de Pommard is the largest private vineyard in Bourgogne. Its 20 hectares of wines ...

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  •  Big Al,If that's your Ferrari, you're a d-bag!  :)I was ... ... Cab Franc 25% Cab sav 15% Petit verdot 1% Syrah) and it was stellar.  I said, "the BEST BC wine I've had", to which Chester said, "Don't ever say that, you have to compare side by side to say that".  Anyway, damn it was black and thick and full of plum and blackberry and currant ... Read More

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  • To complete our wine weekend, Sandra and I drove another two hours south down ... ... tastings of Octagon, Petit Verdot, Cab Franc and Nebbiolo too.   We only bought a case of wine this time - including six bottles of the 2010 Octagon!  Tonight we enjoyed one of our 2007 Octagons with a nice steak dinner while watching the World Series Game #... Read More

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  • Chateau Landat Haut-Medoc Cru Bourgeois Vieilles Vignes 1998


    I bought this bottle of wine from a wine merchant in Sussex for £12.Haut-Medoc ... sauvignon,15% merlot and 10% petit verdot and spends 18 months in oak barrels. I started my bottle last night with my roast pork and I did enjoy it. There is some concentrated licorice, blackberry and cherry style fruit there and the tannins hold things together ... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906

  • Clos de Los Siete By Michel Rolland Mendoza 2010


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    Wine review by SCM42

  • Cardinal Point Vineyard and Winery Union 2012


    A great big, bad red. Big, but slightly silky tannins. Blackberry and tobacco notes. Would be a fantastic dessert wine paired with dark chocolate. Read More

    Wine review by worldsmith

  • Flying Fox Vineyard Petit Verdot 2012


    Deep, dark, and spicy. The best Petit Verdot I've had in over a year. Can't wait to see this mature more in the bottle. Read More

    Wine review by worldsmith

  • Flying Fox Vineyard Trio 2012


    A classic Bordeaux style blend with 18 months aging. Very good, but not their best vintage. Read More

    Wine review by worldsmith

  • Veritas Vintner's Reserve 2012


    Structured and assertive with very strong tobacco notes laced in with cherry and chocolate. Not something to drink on its own, this Bordeaux style blend begs for food -- I'd especially want to pair it with a coffee rubbed steak or pork chop, or something in a mole sauce. Fairly short finish, but it works. Read More

    Wine review by worldsmith

  • Veritas Claret 2013


    Not sure how they get away with calling it a Bordeaux-style blend when there's a hefty portion of Chambourcin in the mix... Very young, very oaky -- lots of berries and chocolate, but still lacks power. Read More

    Wine review by worldsmith

  • Chateau Smith-Haut-Lafite Rouge 2007


    This revered Pessac Cru Classé of the (mostly) maligned 2007 vintage emits smoke, French Roast Coffee, cedar, tobacco and cassis on the nose - quite inviting, actually; and the entry has a smooth maturity with light tannins and coffee-blackberry flavours dominating the palate and finish. Good finesse and elegance. Drink now for best results. ... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden

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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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