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

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    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

    Forum post in the topic The Rock of the Vine


  • Viñedo de Los Vientos Tannat Atlàntida Alcyone

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    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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    No written review

    Wine review by scostasilva


  • Château Bouscassé Madiran Vieilles Vignes 1999

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    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

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    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


  • 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


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