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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  • Just got this from Adam Lee. Meeting up with eMark and Foxall Monday for dinner. Should we change venues and do this? Not at all familiar with what Virginia has to offer. Hey All, Not sure if this is the proper place to post this, but wanted to invite all of you in the Santa Rosa area to a tasting of Virginia wines that we are hosting next Monda... Read More

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  • Tannat Viejo H. Stagnari 2006


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    Wine review by andybes

  • I was wondering what sort of new topic I could start that would pair nicely ... Franc & Chambourcin, 20% Tannat, 15% Norton in French Oak), 2012 Merlot (85% Merlot, 15% Tannat in French Oak), 2012 Norton (90% Norton, 10% Tannat in French & American Oak), 2013 Dolce Rubus (100% Merlot plus natural raspberry additive in French Oak), and a 2010 V... Read More

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  • Geyser Peak Uncensored Red Blend 2010


    A wonderful blend of Merlot, Syrah, Malbec, Petite Sirah, Cabernet, Tannat, Petite Verdot, and Zinfandel. This was great with gourmet flat bread pizza. The blend really works and is very enjoyable. Some depth and tang provide a great base for the wine that balances out rather nicely at this very inexpensive price point, One of the best valued i... Read More

    Wine review by Stallion

  • Stinson Vineyards Tannat 2011


    Textbook opulence. Despite the naturally bold tannins of Tannat and nearly 2 years in new French oak, this is a boldly rich, fruity wine. Read More

    Wine review by worldsmith

  • Whoa, haven't been on this thread since I mistyped Jemrose. Wife's ... ... Opened a half-split of Tannat I bought on a whim and it was either poorly made or cooked.  No signs of cork push, so I'm assuming the former.  I thought at first, oh, kind of porty, save it for after dinner.  Then I realized it tasted like cough syrup.  Not a note among... Read More

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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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  • Chateau St. Didier-Parnac Cahors 2010


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

    Wine review by winewhorenfb

  • Domaine Poujo 'Oihana' Madiran 2010


    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

    Wine review by duncan 906

  • Narmada Winery Tannat 2010


    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

    Wine review by worldsmith

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