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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  • Okay, I really wanted to go home and hunker down with one of my bottles (man, I ... ... white, so we ordered a Tannat/Cabernet blend from Domaine Ilarria in Irouleguy and a Baga from Sousa, a big Portugese wine maker.  Baga is common in Bairrada, one of the biggest areas for dry reds in Portugal, but not that much makes it over here.  The wait... Read More

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  • Domaine du Tariquet Rose de Pressee Gascogne 2014


    Refreshing and fun to drink. Raspberry, strawberry with bright acidity. The temps have been in the high 80's and finally 90 for several days so I served this with watermelon and it worked - wonderfully. Great little quaffer - drink now - Paul 88 points Read More

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  • Good metaphor, D.Grilled Ahi for me and Salmon for the rest of the family, but ... port varieties with a little Tannat thrown in.  Man, is it good.  And, man, does that fortified sweet stuff give me a hangover, even if I am never over the limit.  Slugged down some water this morning and all is right with the world. Looking forward to the end o... Read More

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  • Domaine de Pellehaut Harmonie de Gascogne 2014


    Old world in style with low abv 12%. Smoked meat on the nose; reminded me of country ham. Red fruit with medium acidity and smooth mouth drying tannins on the finish. Read More

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  • Hermanos Malbec-Tannat 2013


    Binny's 3/2016. Mary really liked this combination while she was drinking it. consumed over a several day period, but she complained of morning headaches the days after she consumed as little as one glass. Maybe a coincidence, but I will not go here again, until my memory completely fails me. Read More

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  • Hello Gregt -I wish I had known that to begin with.  One of our ports ... ... dock was exclusively selling Tannat from different vineyards.  I had not heard of Tannat and was tempted to ship a case home, in that we have a long relationship with Malbec, which we enjoy.  Now, I'm relieved that I didn't.  Otherwise, I'll keep in mind those others... Read More

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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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