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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  • While its rumored that the gods (Zeus in particular) devoured chocolate and ... chocolate together. Mainly Tannat based, the Madiran had the stuff to lull the chocolate into submission. Dark and creamy, the chocolate was a sucker for the wine. Fierce and strong-headed, the tannic wine coated the chocolate from the harsh outside world (my tongu... Read More

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  • Alain Brumont Chateau Boucasse Madiran 1999


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  • I thought this was pretty interesting:http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/7400109.stmAt a basic level it makes sense, good music will make good wine taste better, but I'd never thought of it as this complex: "cabernet sauvignon was most affected by "powerful and heavy" music, and chardonnay by "zingy and refreshing" sounds."I know just the person... Read More

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  • Knowing a little bit of wine is fun but it can be dangerous. Once people know that you are a 'wine connoisseur' they want to defer to you for any decisions. This can be flattering and at the same time stressful. I admit I do know a little bit about wine. I probably know a more than most people. However, and A BIG HOWEVER, my knowledge is b... Read More

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  • Alain Brumont Madiran Vieilles Vignes Château Bouscassé 1994


    Tasted January 2008: Terrific wine, 100% Tannat. Very deep colour, splendid bouquet with ripe berry fruit and clove, a taste full of character, strength and freshness, and a lingering aftertaste. Better than almost all 1994 Bordeaux wines I've had. Will hold until 2011. Read More

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  • Cailloux de Pyren Vieilles Vignes Domaine de Maouries Madiran 2002


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  • In my travels I've come across some wild wine names. I'm glad to be in an industry with a good sense of humor. Some of the ones I'm remembering at the moment:Vinum Cellars CNW (The Chard-No-Way is a Chenin Blanc.)Cooper's Creek Cat's Pee on a Gooseberry Bush (A play on the classic flavors)Fairview Goats do Roam (A play on Côtes du Rhône -- I see... Read More

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  • Château Montus Madiran Cuvée Prestige 1999


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