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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  • Troon Vineyard Mt Reserve Southern Oregon 2014


    Rich, creamy vanilla aromas with dark baking spice and heady black currant notes on the nose. A bit tart on entry but still presents nice black fruit flavors of black currant and blackberry with a rich round mid palate and dark chocolate coming through towards the finish of blueberry, sour cherry and chewy tannins. Hefty and flavorful.90 pts Read More

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  • I may open that BC Tannat soon, given that this short discussion has ramped up interest again for me.  I have had some Uruguayan examples - as well as several Madiran.  It has been a while, though, so the producers do not immediately come to mind. Read More

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  • Interesting stuff emark! I was wondering what happened to them. With Zuf drinking Tannat, and T-Vine reappearing, who knows what can happen!Choice of wine is Finca Villacreces from Ribera Del Duero because we're grilling some Flannery NY Strips and we want something nice to go with them. The wine has some tannins, dark cherry fruit, and it's the... Read More

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  • If I get down to Calistoga, I will check out T-Vine (Frediani Wines).  It ... a couple of years due to the Tannat.  There is a very small vineyard a few hundred metres from the WA border (Dead End Wines) that also produces a Tannat blend.  This wine - and their Bordelais-style wine are excellent - although the vines taste mostly on the youthfu... Read More

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  • I have had a handful of Tannat over the years.  Since you mentioned Paso Robles, somewhat recently, the last time I was there, I dropped by Lone Madrone.  Good solid wines, but, probably, not aspriational.  The most memorable wine I tasted there was a Tannat varietal bottling.  Easily, the least tannic Tannat wine I've ever tasted.I do plan on c... Read More

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  • Was it Border Vines? Always a good qpr.  I have a Dead of Night resting in ... it's a doozie, mostly Tanna Read More

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  • Raisin Vole Domaine Cazalet Tursan 2015


    I bought this bottle of wine for £10 from a shop in Hampshire ... 60% cabernet franc and 40% tannat and spent 4 months in an oak barrel.I started my bottle last night with my supper of roast pork.There is some blackcurrant,blackberry and blueberry fruit but the overiding impresion was how structured reserved and complex it was This is a serious... Read More

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  • Chateau Cos Suzanne Cahors Cuvee Tradition 2014


    I bought a half bottle of this wine for a mere three euros on a visit to ... ... ... and the rest merlot and tannat..I started it last night with my pasta bake supper.It is fairly dark in colour and there is plenty of black fruit with a hint of pepper or spice especially on the finish.The tannins are soft but it is full bodied and well struct... Read More

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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

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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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