Tannat taste profile


  • France: South-West, Madiran
  • Uruguay
  • USA: California, Arizona, Virginia
  • Other: Australia, Argentina, Brazil


Tannat is one of the healthiest wines in the world because of its high levels of antioxidants. Now that you feel less guilty for having wine, go for a bottle from Uruguay, it’s delicious, quite cheap, and very approachable. Serve it with fatty food.


  • Decant: 1 hour
  • 18 – 20 °C (64 – 68 °F)
  • Oversized glass like a Bordeaux glass


  • Rich, fatty dishes, BBQ, roasted meat, polenta, chocolate
  • Gorgonzola, Parmezan, Camembert, Brie

Tannat is a grape that originated in France but has traveled to Uruguay in the 19th century where it became a very popular grape. Tannat is relatively easy to grow and can also be found in the U.S., Australia, Argentina, and Brazil.

Tannat is a thick skinned grape which produces wines that are high in tannins, dark colored, acidic, and with high levels of alcohol. The thickness of the skins makes this grape resistant to disease like rot and fungus.

Tannat also has one of the highest levels of antioxidants out of all red grapes. The only grape with higher levels of antioxidants is Sagrantino. Because of this, it is considered to have some of the best health benefits among red wine. The antioxidants also allow tannat to age well.

Tannat grapes can produce varietal wines but can also be blended with Merlot, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvigon and Cabernet Franc. The tannat styles you will find in France are quite different from those in Uruguay. French tannat is fuller in body, higher in tannin and can age well while the styles from Uruguay are lighter in body with less tannins and are friendlier for everyday consumption. In order to manage the harsh tannins, French producers have developed a technique called micro-oxygenation through which very small amounts of oxygen are slowly added to wine during the fermentation process in tanks or barrels in order to soften the tannins.

Tannat is also used for producing full bodied and fruity rosé wines. The maceration period for these rosés is very limited in order to avoid too much tannins.

Tannat Wine Regions

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Madiran AOC

  • Blended with about 60% to 70% Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc to soften the harshness of the tannins
  • Taste profile: red berries and raspberries, full body, high tannins, good aging ability


  • Known as Harriague
  • Taste profile: black fruit, blackberry, lighter body, softer tannins, more approachable
  • Great value for money

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Le Roi Bœuf

Fête des Bœufs Gras de Bazas, 2019

  • Country and region: France, Landes IGP (South West France)
  • Producer: Lionel Osmin & Cie
  • Blend: 100% Tannat
  • Alcohol content: 14.5%
  • Tasting notes: blackberry, dark fruit, spice, oak, chocolate, tannic and rich, medium to high acidity, full body
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Reserva, 2019

  • Country and region: Uruguay
  • Producer: Bodega Garzón
  • Blend: 100% Tannat
  • Alcohol content: 14.5%
  • Tasting notes: dark fruit, blueberry, plum, black pepper, oak, chocolate, high in tannins, full body, fruity