Petit Verdot is a red wine grape used in classic Bordeaux style blends. The grape originates in southwestern France, where it was widely uprooted to plant with more reliable varieties like Merlot in the 1960s. It is often used as a blending grape, but there are many producers making outstanding single-varietal New World Petit Verdot in California, Spain, Chile, Australia and Washington State.
Petit Verdot is bold and floral with aromas of black fruit, like blackberry, cherry, plum and blueberry. This grape offers unique flavors and aromas of violet, lilac, lavender and sage. Often aged in oak, adding vanilla, coffee, nut and smoke.
The thick-skinned Petit Verdot is traditionally considered a blending grape due to its valuable dark color, high tannin and medium-plus acidity.
Petit Verdot has proven to do best in warm locations. Originally from France, its name translates to “little green one”, most likely because it didn’t ripen as fast as the rest of the Bordeaux varietals. Once planted in warm climates like Spain, Australia and California, the wines showed lighter in style, color and age-worthy tannin and acidity.