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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  • Colombelle Red Blend Gascony France 2007


    Dark cherry on the nose, slightly smoky red fruit at the beginning witha slightly dry finish. Not bad since I only paid $5.99 for the bottle! Read More

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  • Alain Brumont White Blend Pacherenc du Vic-Bilh Torus 2004


    I found this to be a nice full bodied with a nice pungent aroma, especially when aerated. This is currently my favourite French wine. Medium acidity, slightly off dry balanced with slightly high tannin which is to my taste. Read More

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  • Clos la Coutale Cahors Merlot. Malbec. Tannat South West Cahors France South West Cahors Clos la Coutale 2005


    I liked this wine and think it is a good value wine. Spicy pronounced nose, a little acidic but well balanced medium to heavy bodied wine. Read More

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  • Pine Ridge Onyx 2005


    Interesting wine. A lot more earthiness and funk than the cabs from Pine Ridge. Deep colour and aromas led me to believe this would be a heavier wine but it was softer and had mild tannins. It might need to age a bit. Read More

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  • Les Sarments Rouge Tannat & Cabernet 2007


    Ruby red, good legs, smooth, long finish. Read More

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    This lovely wine from Salta is a bargain beauty. Great depth, dark fruit and spice profile. It would be great with game, meat dishes and richer pasta sauces, stews, etc. Mendoza isn't the only game in town anymore, and that is why progressive-minded producers like Michel Torino are dedicating many aspects of their work in Salta. Look out for ... Read More

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  • Château de Gaudou Cahors Cuvée Tradition 2006


    Lovely black spice, coal tones greet the nose and offer support to the slightly jammy, smoky cranberry fruit. Nicely balanced and bright with fine focus, if a touch lean across the mid-palate. Right up front there is a touch of wood that integrates well into the dark fruits which inturn are contrasted by a fine mineral note on the moderately lon... Read More

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