Petit Verdot

Petit Verdot

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Petit Verdot

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Petit Verdot is a variety of red wine grape, principally used in classic Bordeaux blends. It ripens much later than the other varieties in Bordeaux, often too late, so it fell out of favour in its home region. When it does ripen, it is added in small amounts to add tannin, colour and flavour to the blend. It has attracted attention among winemakers in the , where it ripens more reliably and has been made into single wine. It is also useful in 'stiffening' the mid palate of blends.

When young its aromas have been likened to banana and pencil shavings. Strong tones of violet and leather develop as it matures.


Petit Verdot probably predates Cabernet Sauvignon in Bordeaux, but its origins are unclear. There are records of it in the eighteenth century, but its characteristics suggest an origin in much hotter climes than the Gironde.

It is one parent of Tressot, the other parent being Duras, a grape from the upper Tarn valley near Toulouse. It's possible that both were brought to the region by the Romans as they moved inland from the Mediterranean.

Distribution and Wines


There are some blocks of Petit Verdot in Argentina, although for many years it was labelled as Fer.


Verdot was included in James Busby's collection of 1832, and it was trialled by Sir William Macarthur in the 1840s.<ref...
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