Verdot, translated by "Little green" in French, this late red type of vine does not always reach its full maturity under the tempered climate of Bordeaux. Therefore, Petit-Verdot doesn't represent more than 2%-3% of the vineyard's total surface at Bordeaux. It is traditionally been used to add flavour, colour, and tannins to the Bordeaux blend. Indeed, Petit-Verdot produces
deep-colored wines with
peppery flavour characteristics, and high tannins/acidity.
Petit Verdot is particularly well appreciated by growers for rebalancing
blendings presenting some
alcoholic excess. Small amounts of Petit Verdot are also planted in Chile and California.