Tannat

Name of varietal: Tannat

Common synonyms: Harriague, Moustrou, Moustroun, Bordeleza Belcha

Parentage of the grape: indigenous to southwest France

History of the grape: Tannat has been growing in southwest France for many centuries. The grape has the distinction of possessing the highest amounts of oligomeric procyanidins (OPCs), a.k.a. tanninns, than any other (hence the name). It’s the basis for many varietal releases and blends in Madiran and Irouleguy table wines. Its big break came in 1870 when Basque-French immigrant Pascual Harriague took Madiran vines to his new home in Uruguay, where the varietal adapted very well to the hot and humid conditions there and flourished, becoming the country’s signature grape. Because Uruguay never suffered from the Phylloxera crisis that otherwise devastated Europe and other countries, descendants of the original cuttings first brought there still exist, and grapes from these prized vines are known as “Harriague.”

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  • Avalon Blend California 2015

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    This was a wine looking for a body. The nose was pretty good with Damson plum, dark cherry, spice and modest tannins and balanced acidity. Short aftertaste drink now - 83 points - Paul Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • According to the Wine Institute, in 2015, eighty-three percent of wine from the ... Mourvedre, Tempranillo, and Tannat. White stand-outs include Roussanne, Vermentino, Viognier, and Blanc du Bois. Rosé is gaining ground, not only for the quality of production, but because of its versatile appeal in our warm climate. A few years ago, I attended ... Read More

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  • Bouscasse Menhir 2009

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    Strong suggestions of unsweetened fruitblackberry, currant. Some leather or tobacco on the rear palate which makes the wine seem harsh. Some sourness. Something of a minty aftertaste. Seems to be high alcohol. I dont think I paid much for this wine, and it doesnt suck (oenophile technical word), but I doubt that I will seek out more or reco... Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • From Gascony. 50% Tannat/50% Merlot Fairly pedestrian, in my view.  The good thing about Old World wines is that they don't smack you with sweet fruit.  This one has unsweetened dark berriies on the tip of the tongue but then there is leather or tobacco or something on the rear palate that just seems harsh.  Then there is some sourness and unbal... Read More

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  • Amour - I do believe everyone enjoyed their small glass of the dessert wine ... ... on this night.RC - The Tannat varietal is one I've only had a few times; the other varietal that was brought from Uruguay was Torrentes (white) so we had a few varietals from that country.  We had the Torrentes varietal from Argentina too.  I thought the Tanna... Read More

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  • RBA - The wines from Uraguay interest me.  I've had tannat from there - The Pastel Pujol and the Eolo being the best, but not much either.  Any thoughts?The Catena is usually solid in my experience, but the Bonarda/Malbec blend of the Tikal is the one I really enjoy. The 2010 & 2012 were very good.  Just a note - the Tikal is made by the son of ... Read More

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  • Amore, you sure like those Italian wines.  I would say that one is about ... of 2010 Chateau De Peyros Tannat (France) for Sandra.  At the Bourbon Steak restaurant, we enjoyed Hanger steak for myself and Flat Iron steak for Sandra (we shared the mushrooms), along with a lovely 1/2 bottle of a 2013 Shafer Cabernet Sauvignon from the Stags Leap ... Read More

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  • Cosse Maisonneuve le Sid Cahors 2003

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    rich, oaky, fruity, with some hints of blueberries Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim


  • Brecon Estate Zinfandel Tannat Paso Robles 2014

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    Soft strawberry and cherry aromas with a hint of clay, wild flowers and cinnamon spice. This is expansive and explosive on the palate, very fruity with notes of cherry, strawberry and raspberry set against a bracing acidity that carries a wave of spice with it and leaves structural tannins and notes of blueberry and chocolate in its wake. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Day Wines Running Bare Mae's Vineyard Applegate Valley 2014

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    Floral cherry and licorice aromas. Delicate and flavorful on the palate with notes of cranberry, cherry and strawberry, chunky tannins coming through on the mid palate and a finish of medicine and a touch of cream. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Madiran is one of my favourite wines. I love strong tanins, however is not Petit Verdot the grape with the highest tanin content?

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