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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  • Las Brujas Tannat 2011


    When I was in Uruguay last Jan/Feb I was introduced to this wine and loved it so much but cant find it here in the states so sad Read More

    Wine review by awaters

  • Interesting Italian red made from the casavecchia grape. Big and chewy with a ... long finish. Reminds me of tannat. Not bad but most likely needs a big meaty meal to go with or more bottle time or bot Read More

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  • I'll be in Germany next week, and once I arrive I plan to drag my ... body ... body reds. Bobal, Touriga, Tannat, Sagrantino, Malbec, Petite Sirah etc. But I'd also never pass up a perfected Bordeaux or Rhone blend.For those who have been to some of the best wine regions in Europe, where would you go back if you wanted to make the most of exac... Read More

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  • Black Cahors malbecs from France, then on to neighboring Tannat territory, could well work for you. Have you tried Amarone from the Veneto, in a different-but-possibly-workable (for you) style? Read More

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  • HI everone. New to Snooth here, but would love some recommendations. Not so ... so ... I just had my first Tannat and Sagrantino, which were both good but as noted the bitter tannins in the Sagrantino were a distraction.I appreciate the tip Read More

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  • Vinedo de Los Vientos Tannat Eolo Gran Reserva IGT Uruguay 2006


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    Wine review by jillpickle

  • Brazil is not realy a wine country, for it's climate doesn't help alot ... better wines too, mostly the Tannat varie Read More

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  • As the former National Wine Director for Smith & Wollensky Restaurant ... ... ... Rhône varieties, Tannat, Touriga Nacional, Vermentino, Roussanne, Marsanne and Viognier are all excellent bets. And, it’s worth going out of your way to find the hybrid Blanc du Bois, which is made in styles varying as widely as crisp and fresh to oxidative and ... Read More

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  • Tablas Creek Red Rhone Blend Paso Robles En Gobelet 2011


    Fairly nice Rhone blend from Paso's Tablas Creek. The nose was dark berries with a touch of smoke and tar. The palate was a bit subdued and somewhat shutdown. There was some black cherry and ripe black plum along with a bit of cedar. The acidity was decent and the finish a tad short. May have needed some more time to breathe. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0

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