Petit Verdot is known as one of the classic black grape varieties approved for blending in Bordeaux. With its dense fruit, dark color, intense flavors, and heavy tannins, Petit Verdot has often been cast in bit parts to enhance the quality of wine production.
Petit Verdot is occasionally, but rarely bottled anywhere as a stand-alone varietal without moderating its too powerful characteristics by blending with other grape types. In fact, it is rare to see this variety making up more than 6% of the total grape mix in wines produced anywhere outside Bordeaux’s Medoc.
Planted in suitable climes and properly cultivated, the fruit develops in relatively small winged clusters, loosely filled with round, dark red-to-black, relatively thick-skinned, berries.