A grape that produces not deep, but nicely colored, wines, soft in fruit
but capable of great richness. It is invaluable in Bordeaux, bringing lusciousness
of fruit and a velvet like quality to the finish of wines that might otherwise
be somewhat hard and austere. It is the chief grape in Chateau Petrus, the
top name in Pomerol.
Synonyms: Bigney, Crabutet noir, Medoc noir, Petit merle, Vitraille