Petit Verdot - A Latecomer
Petit Verdot, although originating from the South West, is today predominately used in Bordeaux to bring spice to the wines, but only in small quantities, up to 6% (usually 2 to 3%). The grapes tendency to mature too late and today's demand for earlier maturing/new vintage wine has led to it being discarded by many Chateaux - In the 1960s most of the Petit Verdot vines in Bordeaux were uprooted and replaced with ones that would be quicker to mature; Merlot and Cabernet-Sauvignon.
Petit Verdots name translated into French describes the grape when it is typically grown in the cool season - 'Small green one', but when Petit Verdot is grown in the warmer parts of France such as in the Languedoc, there is no problem - producing large red violet-coloured grapes instead, and superb wines such as this!
Our featured wine made from the Petit Verdot grape is produced by Chateau Guery, a vineyard from the Languedoc region of France. We thought we could not bring more wines from this part of the Languedoc until we found this single-varietal Petit Verdot.
A dark purple dress, with intense notes of jammy fruit. It is also certainly full-bodied, making it a great match for rich, red meat dishes. We recommend at least an hour breathing for this wine, decanting most certainly required to gain the best possible experience of the Petit Verdot grape.