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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  • Went to a tasting last week at one of our favorite local wine stores to check ... ... and a remarkably smooth tannat.  We bought the Monte Rosso zin, the Jack's Vineyard petite sirah and this really, really nice Kristen's Cuvee viognier.  Really happy to see Rock Wall establishing a presence here in North Carolin Read More

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    Incredible wine, very smooth. Full and robust with a good finish. Will be off the chain in 3 to 5 years. Read More

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    I bought this bottle of wine for eight pounds when I visited the 2014 London ... border. It is based on the tannat grape,a local grape with a reputation for being extremely tannic and needing a lot of aging but one which is particularly good at reducing blood pressure and cholesterol. This was the subject of a study by Prof Roger Cordier in hi... Read More

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    This was great! Bold nose with cherry and plum notes. Fantastic mouthfeel. Just what I want for a big, bad red maintaining ample fruit. Read More

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    Has become one of my favorites. Read More

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  • Stinson Vineyards Imperialis Port 2012

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    Wham, bam! VERY impressive from start to finish. The nose is powerful, impossible to ignore with a complex and intriguing combo of smoke, barnyard earthiness, and black fruit. The palate follows through, adding hearty punches of acidity and a firm grip. 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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