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Petit Verdot is a thick skinned wine grape variety of a very deep, red hue. During the 60’s and 70’s the international market became enamored with the fashion sense displayed by Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon wines, and poor Petit Verdot fell out of favor. Most Petit Verdot vines were uprooted from their home of Bordeaux to make room for these less finicky vines. Fortunately for the little grape, the 80’s created a mini-renaissance and propelled it to the Americas, Australia, and southern Europe.

Normally used as a blending grape, Petit Verdot is powerful and dense. It’s dark color, heavy flavor, and deep tannins make it a “seasoning” for other wines, particularly Bordeaux. When blended, a little Petit Verdo goes a long way, if too much is used, it add flavors that are described as rustic, heavy, and course. It’s unusually found beyond 6% in any wine varietal. However, some producers do bottle Petit Verdot wines as a stand-alone variety (but even so, it is blended with other grapes to tone down its powerful flavor).

WineStyle recommends this affordable, blended wine with: spicy pork, grilled steak, lamb, veal, and sausages. It also does well with most spicy dishes, and most cheeses.

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Petit Verdot gets its name from its visual properties, Petit means “little,” and Verdot means “green one.” Petit Verdot as “little green one” is a very apt name, as it’s berries are very small. In cool seasons this variety won’t ripen entirely, which leaves speckles of green berries throughout the grapes clusters.

Petit Verdot has two major strengths, the first being its thick skin and small, tight berry clusters. This makes it extremely resistant to rot and disease. The second being its production potential, Petit Verdot is one of the few varieties that can produce more than two clusters per shoot. Order Now! Buy this incredible wine at an affordable price from our online shop, our delivery is fast and your sale is always a guaranteed purchase.

Petit Verdot’s true homeland is unclear, wherever it came from had a much hotter climate than Gironde. Because it’s an alien transplant to Bordeaux, it doesn’t always fare well. Petit Verdot flowers very early and ripens extremely late. Due to the weather patterns in Bordeaux France, its track record of proper ripening is one out of four years. In fact there are some years where the entire crop is lost with no viable fruit. This instability might be forgivable if not for its weak shoots and canes. The vine has to be treated very tenderly when harvested and pruned, it’s damaged very easily.

Petit Verdot has found a new home in California, Spain, Italy, Australia, Chile, Argentina, and Portugal. Around the world, each vineyard shares the same warm, dry climate. This is quite deliberate, being designed to mimic Petit Verdot’s preferred growing conditions.

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