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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  • Hi everyone!We at Esperance are pleased to join the Snooth community and share ... Blaufrankisch and Uruguayan Tannat).We look forward to sharing our new wine discoveries and yours!Cheers,Pram Achar Read More

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  • Vallontano Tannat Vallontano Brasil Vale Dos Vinhedos Tinto 2005


    Appearance: Ruby with purple disk. Tears are thin, a little spaced out and take ... ... astringent feel of the Tannat. The oak is present. Earth and grass. Complex. Not matured yet.Overall: I had to let the wine breath for about 30min before drinking it. I was expecting a lot since the previous vintage produced an explendid wine, but the 2005 ... Read More

    Wine review by guilly94

  • Blackstone Winery Red Blend Sonoma County Sonoma Reserve Rubric 2006


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    Wine review by diphi15

  • Pisano Tannat Río de Los Pájaros Reserve 2007


    Blood red to deep burgandy in color. Medium bodied with intense red fruits. Pairs well with a juicy steak. Long finish Read More

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  • I hear that Madiran Red Tannat wine from France is a beneficial wine to drink for health purposes - longevity, heart-healthy etc... Does anyone have any knowledge about this or about any other wine that might provide health benefits? Read More

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  • Pinot Noir Sequana Single Vineyard Sonoma County 2007


    I find it hard to find a California Pinot which has a fresh structured taste and feel, yet does not break the bank. I may have found it with this one. It's only been open an hour and I am really enjoying it. We will see later. Read More

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  • Cave de Crousseilles Madiran Château de Crouseilles 2001


    A French friend gave me a bottle of 2001 Chateau de Crouseilles Madiran wine a while ago. I finally got around to opening it. I know nothing about the Madiran wines but absolutely fell in love with this wine. A label on the bottle indicates Medaille d'Or Paris 2003. I should learn to write down the tasting notes as it becomes hard to remember... Read More

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