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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  • Thought I'd start a topic to see what "different" wines people are drinking. I've been on a hunt to find wines made from lesser known grapes or from unusual areas. Here's one of each.This is a rose made from Cinsault, not too unusual right? Well this is from the Bekaa Valley in Lebanon. Either they don't make very good wine in Lebanon or this bo... Read More

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  • There’s nothing more comforting and warming on a cold winter evening than ... to mind are Petit Verdot, Tannat, Petite Sirah, and Sagrantino. These four red wine grapes typically produce deeply colored wines that express masculinity and power. And even though they make excellent wintertime wines, they’re also popular partners for the summertime... Read More

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  • Don Pascual Tannat Roble Uruguay Rouge 2006

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    Wine review by GermanPascual74


  • Don Pascual Tannat 2005

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    Not bad... Read More

    Wine review by Luke Varsi


  • Pisano Tannat Blend Rio de Los Pajaros 2005

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    Excellent relationship between quality and price. Well related with BBQ beef. Read More

    Wine review by Luke Varsi


  • Cardinal Point Vineyard and Winery Union 2012

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    A great big, bad red. Big, but slightly silky tannins. Blackberry and tobacco notes. Would be a fantastic dessert wine paired with dark chocolate. Read More

    Wine review by worldsmith


  • Not content with sporting on the epic beards in all of winedom, Dezel is also a ... / Burgundy, Malbec / Cahors, Tannat / Madiran, etc. – you get the picture. Be it new world or old world, rich or restrained, at the end of the day, it’s all about balance, and both camps offer that. My personal cellar is about 50/50.      Snooth: What do you thi... Read More

    From the article Getting to Know Dezel Quillen


  • For someone who drinks a lot of expensive wine I can have decidedly plebeian ... 20% Syrah, 20% Bonarda, 20% Tannat A bit sour on the nose with black fruit, toasty spice and some muddy herbal notes and just a hint of peppery spice.  A touch of sweetness greets the palate followed by rich black fruit, dates, and cedar in the mouth that’s suppor... Read More

    From the article 5 Cheap Red Blends


  • Baste Bigorre France 2011

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    50% Cabernet Franc, 40% Merlot, 10% Tannat Old wood aromas and a vague sweetness greets the nose along with emerging minty, leathery, smoky dried meat aromas. A bit sweet on entry, this is chewy and dark in the mouth with lots of dried strawberry flavors that are a touch jamy. the tannins are lovely, small if a touch austere and help ground the ... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Graffigna Elevation Red Blend Reserve Centenario 2012

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    20% Malbec, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Syrah, 20% Bonarda, 20% Tannat A bit sour on the nose with black fruit, toasty spice and some muddy herbal notes and just a hint of peppery spice. A touch of sweetness greets the palate followed by rich black fruit, dates, and cedar in the mouth thats supported by dry and slightly oaky tannins. The fruit ... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


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