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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  • Everything I am about to share was gleaned during my recent trip to ProWein, ... ... – also known as Tannat – as its own. The name comes from Pascual Harriague, a Basque native credited with bringing wine to Uruguay in the late 1800s. While Tannat is renowned for its overpowering tannins, Harriague presents in a soft, fruity way that is uniqu... Read More

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  • Dark Horse Double Down Red Blend California


    Light and fruity cranberry and mixed berry aromas. Dry and drying with notes of plum and black currant and a tart acidity on the finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial

  • We did a fun wine tasting at Paradise Springs Winery in Clifton, Virginia this ... Today, my favorite was the Tannat.  Lynn preferred the Meritage, while Sandra was going for the PV Read More

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  • Tannat Mendoza Argentina Don Rodolfo Art of the Andes 2015


    I am enjoying Cab-Sabs much more and this cuvee is no exception with a pleasant aperitif while robust not too tart. Read More

    Wine review by Pickit4flavor

  • El Porvenir Amauta Absoluto Tannat 2014


    Binny's 11/17 and 1/31/2018. Tannat is just a great varietal. This particular bottle comes from Argentina, I had a special one from Uruguay a couple years ago, but have I have had trouble finding another from that country. This is a close look a like. Read More

    Wine review by raindance

  •  A few weeks ago on the "What Have You Bought, Lately" thread, I ... in those purchases was this Tannat: I'm still going with the impression from my tasting at the winery that I reported in the afore-mentioned thread.  This is the least tannic Tannat that I have ever tasted.  There is a nice introduction of dried fruits and berries, but, right ... Read More

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  • Lone Madrone Tannat Paso Robles 2013


    Very pretty purple color of more red than blue. Dried fruit/berries on the ... ... sweetness. When I drink tannat I prepare myself for an onslaught of tannin. Thats what its known for, right? However, the tannin in this wine is amazingly sedate. Yes, I can detect it, but there is significantly more tannin in the average Napa Valley Cabern... Read More

    Wine review by EMark

  • Chateau les Bouysses Cahors 1998


    I bought this bottle of wine from the website ... 85% malbec,10% merlot and 5% tannat and was aged in oak barrels. I started my bottle last night with my chicken supper.It was very dark in colour and almost black.I thought it full bodied with some bramble and blackberry style fruit with soft and smooth tannins but plenty of structure and also a... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906

  • EM - Good to hear there is a good Tannat out there.  We have a few in our wine cellar, one coming from a Virginia winery.  Speaking of Paso Robles, we had another blind wine tasting party last night at a different house (one much closer to us in Burke, Virginia).  Sixteen wines (all Cabernet Sauvignon) were poured and that was probably too many ... Read More

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  • Peggy and I celebrated our anniversary, this week, up in Cambria.  Other ... wineries.Lone Madrone: Tannat, Picpoul Blanc/Grenache Blanc Blend, Grenache Blanc and a Red Field Blend.I don't think I've ever had a domestic Tannat, before.  This was the least tannic version I've ever had.  So, I decided that I'd give it a twirl.Turley:Sorry, the p... 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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  • Tannat is good for you health benefits see above description number 2!!!

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