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Gros Verdot

The red grape variety comes from France. Synonyms are Gros Verdot Colon, Hère, Plant des Palus and Verdot Colon. It should not be confused with Cabernet Pepper or Petit Verdot, despite the fact that they seem to be synonyms or morphological similarities. Despite the attribute "Gros" (large), the berries are smaller than those of Petit Verdot. According to DNA analyses, both varieties seem to originate from the French southwest corner near the Pyrenees . The late ripening vine was quite common in Bordeaux in the 19th century, together with Petit Verdot, but in 1946 new plantings were prohibited in the Gironde. In Argentina and Chile it is cultivated together with Petit Verdot. In some cases, stocks there are designated as Verdot, but it is assumed that the majority of these are Petit Verdot. In California it is grown with Cabernet pepper and is confused with it. In 2016 no stands were reported (Kym Anderson).

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