Do not confuse Petit Verdot with the somewhat similar, but inferior Gros Verdot. In this case little (Petit) is greater than big (Gros). Verdot originated on the right bank of the Garonne river in the Bordeaux region of southwestern France, during the Eighteenth Century, if not earlier. Verdot is found in southwestern France, especially in the prize-winning Médoc region of Bordeaux. It also occurs in Argentina, Chile, Australia, and California.Verdot image first published in Victor Rendu, Ampelographie francaise, comprenant la statistique, la description des meilleurs cepages, l'analyse chimique du sol et les procedes de culture et de vinification des principaux vignobles de la France. [2nd ed.]Paris: Masson, 1857.
Verdot produces an acidic, slow-maturing, deeply colored red wine with strong tannins and a spicy, fragrant bouquet. It is an important component of many great Médoc wines. In Australia Verdot is similarly used to produce Bordeaux--style red wines and as well as unblended wines.
Try Verdot with robust red meats, such as Lamb Chops, and Barbecued Brisket, and with aged Cheeses.