Petit Verdot derives its name from the size of the berries, which are small (hence the “petit”) and highly concentrated. Petit Verdot is also characterized by thick skins and a serious “pow” in fruit character. For this reason, it often serves as the backbone in red wines from Bordeaux and Bordeaux- blends. While it brings intense color, tannins and sugar to its wine it is difficult red grape to cultivate because it ripens very late, limiting the possible yield. Aside from the berry size, there is nothing “petit” about Petit Verdot!