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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  • Château de Viella Tannat Blend Madiran Tradition 2006


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  • As someone who's still learning the ropes about the flavors and personalities of the different grapes, I thought that relating them to bands would be a helpful exercise. Anyone care to join? I'll start with Cabernet Sauvignon. I'd say Cabernet Sauvignon is The Beatles. They both have a huge range of styles, a long history, and can be very appro... Read More

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  • Vinedo de Los Vientos Tannat Alcyone 2010


    Had this wine a long time ago with dessert after a fancy dinner at the Four Seasons Boston--even after an overwhelmingly delicious meal, this wine is what I remember. It is intensely sweet but NOT cloying. The flavors of honey, caramel, and cocoa are all very present. It accompanies a sweet, creamy dessert very well but I'd just as soon drink a ... Read More

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  • Bodegas Carrau Tannat Amat 2004


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  • Château Bouscassé Madiran Vieilles Vignes 1999


    Deep, meat-smoke blackcurrant flavours. Glossy. Pronounced but integrated tannin. Ideal with rich food. Drinking now or will keep for several years yet. Read More

    Wine review by Chora

  • 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

    Wine review by VeggieFella

  • 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

    Wine review by HondaJohn

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