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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  • Catamayor Tannat NV

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    Wine review by anglehmann


  • Château Peyros Madiran 2000

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    interesting Tannat winesome delicate animal aromas, blackberriesnice structure Read More

    Wine review by Olivier


  • Château Bouscassé Madiran 2004

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    Total fruitbomb on the nose. The palate is similarly full of (black) berry flavors but also a sharp acidity and some serious tannins. It's bone dry. Read More

    Wine review by mark


  • Château Bouscassé Madiran 2004

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    Nice, drinkable French wine. According to Hugh Johnson, Madirans are pirmarily made form Tannat. This wine reminds me more of a good value Bordeaux. Could definitely age for another few years as the tannins are still a bit tight. Read More

    Wine review by adamlevin


  • Don Rodolfo Tannat 2005

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  • Don Rodolfo Tannat 2004

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  • Catamayor Tannat 2006

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  • Catamayor Tannat 2005

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  • Catamayor Tannat NV

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