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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  • Here's an interesting set of reviews about wines from a particular vineyard ...-tannat-from-uruguay/6 Read More

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  • DM, have to agree with the quality of Tannat from France vs. here statement although I do have a small vertical of Tablas Creek Tannat in the wine closet ('12, '13 & '14) that I'm looking forward to sampling in a couple years. Tannat is definitely known for its massive tannins and should only get better with some age.Adding to the weird Wednesda... Read More

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  • Tannat's better in France, but then I think that about Cahors vs. Argentina for Malbec, too. Though even in France it's not always easy to find good ones. Has been some demand for the last decade or two since its health benefits have been touted, but it's basically just grown south of Bordeaux towards Spain and its limited market hasn't forced c... Read More

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  •  Fairly interesting wine.  Apparently, the predominant grape componoent is Tannat.  Little or no suggestions of fruit flavors.  Very big tannin.  A wine that actually goes well with food--because it offers no contrasts--but is a bit difficult by itsellf.  Read More

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  • Alain Brumont Chateau Bouscasse Madiran 2011

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    Interesting wine. I get no fruit at all on the tip of my tongue. I do get some pretty serious tannin mid- to rear-palate. Im very OK with the lack of fruitit does taste like real wine. However, this wine seems to have no complexity, and, at the risk of being completely pretentious, no soul. On the other hand, its darned inexpensive. So, wh... Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Our last night in Virginia for a few weeks.  Tomorrow we start the drive ... which is Petite Verdot and Tannat in a 50/50 blend.  It's pretty good - we had a glass for free at the tasting bar - but I bet it will sit in Sandra's wine racks for a few years.  It rained again tonight like it did last night.  With all this rain, the grass is sure t... Read More

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  • Early Mountain Vineyards Novum 2014

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    61% Cabernet Franc, 25% Merlot, 9% Tannat, 4% Cabernet Sauvignon, 1% Petit Verdot. Jammy red fruit, baking spices, graham cracker. Tart finish with a lightly minty note. Read More

    Wine review by worldsmith


  • 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


  • 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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