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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  • D - it's the VV. I haven't had either for years. Just from memory, they ... side note, we imported some Tannat from Argentina at one point. The idea was that since Malbec became something so different in the Andes, why not Tannat? Alas - even that intense sun was unable to change the essential unsatisfactory nature of the grape.Everyone wanted ... Read More

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  • Any better luck with Montus, Greg? I liked it better than the Bouscassé, ... more supple and elegant if Tannat can be so. The former a broadsword and the latter a rapier? Perhaps not quite but sharp steel in both, even if heavier in the Bouscassé. Another question is are we talking the basic rouge, or  the Vieilles Vignes, and cuvées Les Menhir... Read More

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  • Hello Duncan -Yes; in fact, the first bottle has been decanted for close to a ... ... Naturally, it's the tannat that prevails.Hello Jonderry -This is my first experience with Madiran.  Didn't know what to expect.  I'm now wondering just how healthy I think I need to be when balancing the merits of the tannat grape with its imposition upon my... Read More

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  • So were you drinking Alain Brumont's Château Bouscassé (65% tannat, the rest Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot to 'soften' it)  or Château Montus (80% tannat from younger vines in good locations, plus some Cabernet Sauvignon)? Those are the more reliable I've had, and the most famous, though your price does surprise me, too. Ot... Read More

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  • I find my 1995 Madiran a bit dry/tart for my taste and am considering blending the remaining four bottles with a Cabernet.  Any objections?  Suggestions?  March 25, 2016  Read More

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  • As per your OP's title, JD, next a look at CA. From the Wine ... Petit ... Petit Verdot Sangiovese and Tannat. Important white wine varietals include Chenin blanc, French Colombard, Gewürztraminer, Marsanne, Muscat Canelli, Pinot blanc, Pinot gris, Riesling, Roussane, Sémillon, Trousseau gris, and Viognier.[8]Up until the late 1980s, the Calif... Read More

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  • Trying to recall a conversation we had a little while ago on this subject.Whats the most widely planted (acreage) and produced (bottles) red grape in CA, U.S., and worldwide?I seem to recall a Snooth article mentioning Grenache as the most widely planted red grape worldwide, but that was some years ago. I'm assuming it's Chardonnay for white? Read More

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  • Love Elisabetta Fagiuoli's whites, this red is a bit on the tannic and ... ... ... reminds me somewhat of Tanna Read More

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  • Chateau Peyros Tannat Cabernet Sauvignon 2010


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  • Garzon Tannat 2013


    Lightly herbal with sweet floral notes of violet and dark chocolate. Full bodied and full in the mouth with dark blackberry and more chocolate. Finishes soft and creamy yet quite chewy. Read More

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