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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  • Duncan, that would be a good entry into the "and now for something ... ... ... mourvedre, counoise and tannat. There's just a touch of earth, leather and must on the nose. On the tongue this shows lots of bright red fruit, red cherry, red raspberry and a touch of cranberry. The acidity is medium and the Tannat adds a decent amount of tannins ... Read More

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  • Glen Carlou Petit Verdot/Tannat 2013


    Had this with dinner last evening. Very Soft with well-balanced Tannins and Acidity. Earthy and black fruit preserves along oak, cocoa and coffee beans. Quite pleasant and easy to drink. Read More

    Wine review by puhnner

  • I was strolling down the wine aisle last week when my eyes settled on a label. ... ... red wines (made from the Tannat grape) whereas Pacherenc du Vic Bilh is relatively unknown; the simple rule is, Madiran’s the name for the red wines of the region, Pacherenc du Vic-Bilh is the name for the whites. Pacherenc’ is from an ancient word meaning ‘... Read More

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  • Allegrini Palazzo Della Torre 2011


    Black and blue fruits on the nose even if a bit shy. A rather heavy dark cherry ... ... Reminded me a bit of a tannat blend. Interesting and differen Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher

  • Okay, I really wanted to go home and hunker down with one of my bottles (man, I ... ... white, so we ordered a Tannat/Cabernet blend from Domaine Ilarria in Irouleguy and a Baga from Sousa, a big Portugese wine maker.  Baga is common in Bairrada, one of the biggest areas for dry reds in Portugal, but not that much makes it over here.  The wait... Read More

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  • Domaine du Tariquet Rose de Pressee Gascogne 2014


    Refreshing and fun to drink. Raspberry, strawberry with bright acidity. The temps have been in the high 80's and finally 90 for several days so I served this with watermelon and it worked - wonderfully. Great little quaffer - drink now - Paul 88 points Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951

  • Good metaphor, D.Grilled Ahi for me and Salmon for the rest of the family, but ... port varieties with a little Tannat thrown in.  Man, is it good.  And, man, does that fortified sweet stuff give me a hangover, even if I am never over the limit.  Slugged down some water this morning and all is right with the world. Looking forward to the end o... Read More

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  • Domaine de Pellehaut Harmonie de Gascogne 2014


    Old world in style with low abv 12%. Smoked meat on the nose; reminded me of country ham. Red fruit with medium acidity and smooth mouth drying tannins on the finish. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher

  • Hermanos Malbec-Tannat 2013


    Binny's 3/2016. Mary really liked this combination while she was drinking it. consumed over a several day period, but she complained of morning headaches the days after she consumed as little as one glass. Maybe a coincidence, but I will not go here again, until my memory completely fails me. Read More

    Wine review by raindance

  • Hello Gregt -I wish I had known that to begin with.  One of our ports ... ... dock was exclusively selling Tannat from different vineyards.  I had not heard of Tannat and was tempted to ship a case home, in that we have a long relationship with Malbec, which we enjoy.  Now, I'm relieved that I didn't.  Otherwise, I'll keep in mind those others... Read More

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  • 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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