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

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    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

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    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

    Wine review by VeggieFella


  • Pisano Tannat Río de Los Pájaros Reserve 2007

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    Wine review by Jenfoye


  • Pine Ridge Onyx 2005

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    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


  • Les Sarments Rouge Tannat & Cabernet 2007

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

    Wine review by good stuff


  • Bodega El Esteco Tannat 2007

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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

    Wine review by enotheque


  • Can anyone give me any personal experiences with this wine or tasting notes? I've just found out that appart from gamay your native grapes hold the most amount of resveritol (maybe incorrect spelling?), so naturally I'm curious, as they say that the only wine made as a blend with these particular grape is Cold Duck? Read More

    Forum post in the topic Cold Duck


  • Lake Anna Winery Spotsylvania Claret Red Blend NV

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    Wine review by katdel


  • Château de Gaudou Cahors Cuvée Tradition 2006

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    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

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Pisano Family Vineyards Cisplantino 2004

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    Wine review by ff8549


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