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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  • Bodegas Y Viñedos Santa Rosa Chateau Tannat Rouge NV


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    Wine review by dave from cacada

  • Michael-David Vineyards Incognito 2005


    This Rhône-style blend is bravely composed of 9 different varietals including: ... Sirah, Cinsault, Carignane, Tannat, Malbec, Cabernet Franc, and Grenache. The outcome is successfully, by design, an enigmatic Rhône Valley tribute including, literally, every typical Rhône varietal. Surprisingly, I found characteristics and nuances that Incogn... Read More

    Wine review by rwb5150

  • Colombelle White Blend Vin de Pays des Côtes de Gascogne 2007


    Very nice structure to this wine. This is the first wine I have tried that is ... a large percentage of the tannat grape (60%) and it was an interesting experience. Very concentrated dark fruit flavors with a definite hint of coffee. Somewhat firm tannins. I would like to try more wines based on this grap Read More

    Wine review by ttutony

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  • Château de Viella Tannat Blend Madiran Tradition 2006


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    Wine review by Feiring

  • 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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  • Viñedo de Los Vientos Tannat Atlàntida Alcyone


    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

    Wine review by Shiv245

  • Bodegas Carrau Tannat Amat 2004


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    Wine review by scostasilva

  • 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

    Wine review by dkmrd5

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