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 Petit Verdot Wine

Petit Verdot is a red wine grape whose small, thick-skinned berries are valued for their depth of color. Traditionally the variety has played a small role in the classic blends of Bordeaux, but varietal Petit Verdot wines are now appearing in many regions of southern Europe, the Americas and Australia.

The name Petit Verdot is particularly descriptive of the variety's characteristics. The first half is relatively simple, and indicates the small (petit) size of the grape berries. It is clearly contrasted in this regard with its larger-berried cousin, Gros Verdot. The verdot part is a little less obvious. It translates roughly as "green one" and reflects the variety's propensity to under-ripeness; in cool seasons Petit Verdot vines produce bunches speckled with green, unripened berries. (© Proprietary Content, Wine-Searcher)

Petit Verdot
Petit Verdot grapes

Due to the high levels of anthocyanins in the berry's thick skins, Petit Verdot wines tend to have a dense, inky, violet-black appearance. They also have high tannin levels, thanks to the small berries – specifically their high ratio of skin and seeds to juice.

The 1960 and 70s marked the beginning of a new chapter in Petit Verdot's history. In Bordeaux, the variety's traditional home, many Petit Verdot vines were uprooted, to be replaced with more reliable, more fashionable varieties. Wine consumer preferences (particularly in the U.S.) were changing, in favor of plump, fruity Merlot and regal, structured Cabernet Sauvignon.

The variety's waning fashionability was not helped by the fact that it poses several problems in the vineyard. Petit Verdot vines have relatively weak shoots and canes, meaning that they require careful handling. Beyond that, the variety is both early budding (and therefore susceptible to wet or frosty spring weather) and also late ripening, making it a liability in cool vintages. Were it not for the variety's thick skins and small, tight berries, which make it particularly resistant to rot and disease, it might never have become popular in Bordeaux at all.

For a while, it looked as though the variety might slip into oblivion. Happily, the 1980s saw something of a renaissance for Petit Verdot, particularly in New World regions such as California and Australia. Producers started experimenting with the variety in new environments, and in the early 21st Century it is now being used in various parts of the U.S., Australia, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Chile and Argentina. The regions in which it has enjoyed most success have one thing in common: a warm, dry climate. There are strong parallels between the stories of Petit Verdot and Carmenere – another former Bordeaux variety which is enjoying a new lease of life in the New World.

Synonyms include: Petit Verdau, Verdot.

Popular blends include: Bordeaux Blend, Meritage, Cabernet Sauvignon – Petit Verdot.

Related grape varieties: Gros Verdot.

Food matches include:
Europe: Austurian bean stew (fabada); Milanese-style risotto (risotta alla Milanese)
Asia: Deep-fried pork on rice (katsudon)
Americas: Lentil soup with smoked ham hock; Peruvian stuffed pepper (rocoto relleno)
Australasia/Oceania: Barbecued kangaroo with caramelized onion
Africa/Middle East: Middle Eastern lentil soup (shorbat adas) (still)

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We found 333 matches for Petit Verdot. Click on a name below for details, scores and price history ...
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Passopisciaro 'Franchetti' Rosso, Sicily, Italy Sicily [Sicilia] $122 7104
Pirramimma Petit Verdot, McLaren Vale, Australia McLaren Vale $23 10572
Petra Zingari Toscana IGT, Tuscany, Italy Toscana IGT $15 10688
Marques de Grinon Dominio de Valdepusa Petit Verdot DO de Pago, Castilla La Mancha, Spain Dominio de Valdepusa $30 16227
Finca Decero Remolinos Vineyard Petit Verdot, Agrelo, Argentina Agrelo $31 16572
Vina von Siebenthal Toknar Petit Verdot, Aconcagua Valley, Chile Aconcagua Valley $72 17708
De Bortoli Deen Vat 4 Petit Verdot, Riverina, Australia Riverina $11 21217
Casale del Giglio Petit Verdot Lazio IGT, Italy Lazio IGT $13 22515
Campo alla Sughera 'Campo alla Sughera' Rosso Toscana IGT, Tuscany, Italy Toscana IGT $90 24157
Casa de la Ermita Petit Verdot, Jumilla, Spain Jumilla $20 26700
Perez Cruz Chaski Petit Verdot, Maipo Valley, Chile Maipo Valley $30 30621
Michael David Winery 'Inkblot' Petit Verdot, Lodi, USA Lodi $36 32795
Chapillon Cuvee Harmonie Petit Verdot - Tannat, Aragon, Spain Aragon $15 37985
Craneford John Zilm Petit Verdot, Barossa Valley, South Australia Barossa Valley $36 38424
Jarvis Estate Grown Petit Verdot, Napa Valley, USA Napa Valley $72 38727
Pahlmeyer Waters Ranch Vineyard Petit Verdot, California, USA California $129 40782
Jonata 'La Fuerza de Jonata' Red, Santa Ynez Valley, USA Santa Ynez Valley $77 40972
Trinchero 'Napa Valley' Central Park West Vineyard Petit Verdot, St Helena, USA St Helena $50 41165
Romeo Vineyards & Cellars Sempre Vive Petit Verdot, Napa Valley, USA Napa Valley $28 41948
Ruca Malen Petit Verdot, Lujan de Cuyo, Argentina Lujan de Cuyo $18 42536
Campolargo Diga, Bairrada, Portugal Bairrada $43 46633
Clendenen Family Vineyards Petit Verdot, Santa Maria Valley, USA Santa Maria Valley $35 46633
Arrayan Petit Verdot, Mentrida, Spain Mentrida $20 47349
Baglio di Pianetto Carduni Petit Verdot Sicilia IGT, Sicily, Italy Sicily [Sicilia] $33 49069
Tenute Guicciardini Strozzi I Massi A Solo Maremma, Tuscany, Italy Maremma Toscana $35 49318
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