One of the grapes used in the Bordeaux blend, Petit Verdot has seen resurgence due to global warming. It had been abandoned for several decades because it was a late ripening grape variety that never managed to get fully mature. However, in the last 20 years, it has made a come back and contributes spice, colour and depth. It is found chiefly in the Médoc where it makes up part of the blend at such classified growths as La Lagune, Lagrange, Margaux and Pichon Lalande.
Petit Verdot is well suited to gravelly, well-drained soils and produces small berries with thick skins. It has gained popularity in Tuscany recently where it is used in top blends in Maremma and as a single varietal. The grape is also successful in the New World in California, Argentina, Australia and South Africa where it is increasingly being used as a single varietal.
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