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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  • Domaine Poujo 'Oihana' Madiran 2010

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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

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Narmada Winery Tannat 2010

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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

    Wine review by worldsmith


  • Bodegas Carrau Tannat Reserva 2010

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    Has become one of my favorites. Read More

    Wine review by Amg06460


  • Michel Torino Estate Altimus 2009

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    No written review

    Wine review by LetUsTaste


  • 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

    Wine review by worldsmith


  • Château Morrisette Star Dog Sparkling Wine Blanc NV

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    Wine review by lynnjp


  • Corder said that it's not resveratrol though. He said that other ... ... Madiran area - Malbec and Tannat, had a lot of those. So I guess stuff like Sagrantino would have even more. But then again, I don't know of anyone else who's supported his claim. Nor do I think that one can go about consuming all the fatty food in sight and get off scott... Read More

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  • Hi, I've found this Hungarian Pinot Noir wine on an online pharmacy here:http://www.my-lifespan.com/redwinehighinresveratrol.htmlThey claim it to be therapeutic for health, saying it's a special brand wich may lower chloesterol, and help keep a good cardiovascular function, as it's a unique version. I've actually bought  and tasted it, and I mus... Read More

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  • Château Peyros Madiran 2006

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    A very nice bottle of wine. Read More

    Wine review by suesue18


  • Mauritson Independence 2008

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    Excellent port!! Love it with dark chocolate Read More

    Wine review by dponton


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