Potent red wines from Petit Verdot
The Petit Verdot variety yields spicy, tannin-rich wines with aromas of violets and fruit. The grape’s name (“small green one” in French) references its pronounced acidity and thick skins that produce high tannin levels. Owing to its long vegetation cycle, it takes a very long time to ripen. If picked too early, it is not as easily digestible.
Aromas of dark berries are dominant. Good vintages will exhibit a decided spiciness, with refined hints of nutmeg and black pepper. If Petit Verdot grapes ripen in hotter climates, the tannins are softer and the wines generally have more body.
Petit Verdot has a strong red hue both in the bottle and in the glass. Along with high tannins and acidity
, a high alcohol content is characteristic for the wine. A Petit Verdot wine has very good ageing potential as the high concentration of tannins and acidity makes it very long-lived. Properly cellared
, it can continue maturing for many years.
The Petit Verdot grape variety produces 100% varietals and is often also used for blends. A blend with Petit Verdot
will always be more muscular as it adds its acidity and high tannin content to the blend. In classic Bordeaux-style blends, it perfectly complements the other Bordeaux grape varieties Merlot
, Cabernet franc
and Cabernet Sauvignon
, imbuing them with greater complexity.