The Tannat is the centerpiece, the pillar of Madiran (60% minimum) and Saint Mont (70% minimum). It’s origins can be found in the Adour basin.
It’s also cultivated in other appellations on the left bank of the Garonne river and south of the Pays d’Adour, where it brings richness and structure to its to blends.
Tannat vines present white buds with pinkish edging. Young heart-shaped leaves are fluffy and tanned. Adult leaves are quinquelobed and embossed with a very dark green. Its very late maturation produces heavy and compact bunches that are very rich in sugar, in tannins – clearly evoked in its name – and in color.
Aromas are of red fruits more generally, such as blackcurrant, raspberry, blackberry…
Tannat is also very rich in polyphenols and antioxidants, which makes for heart healthy wines, to be consumed in moderation of course!
Formerly used exclusively for the production of very concentrated wines, which require a long aging period to flourish, winemakers today can produce more supple, intensely fruity and very balanced wines, thanks in large part to progress made in wine growing and vinification techniques, which including blending (Cabernet Franc – Cabernet Sauvignon – Fer Servadou) in the Pyrenean vineyards.
Production area: 2,796 ha (6,909 acres)