It is a late ripening variety and is thus suitable for warmer areas. If you think that Merlot is a mnemonic for "mellow" then you can add "Tannat = Tannic" to your memory bank.
Some synonyms for this variety are Moustrou, Madiran, Harriague, Bordeleza.
Tannat is also the most popular red wine variety in beef-eating Uruguay under the name of Harriague.
Wines from this variety are notable for their very high levels of tannin. Careful winemaking or blending with Cabernet Sauvignon, Cab Franc, and Fer can make these wines more approachable.
Tannat varietal wines wines are also very high in polyphenols. These are the good chemicals in wine that keep your heart healthy. These wines are highly recommended by researcher Roger Corder who has recently written the highly acclaimed book The Red Wine Diet.
In a recent review in the UK Guardian, Malcolm Smith writes
South-west France stands out as the place to be if you want to live a long life. In spite of a diet rich in saturated fats from foie gras, cassoulet and copious cheeses, parts of this region have double the French average of men aged 90-plus. Corder puts it down to the local red wines, exemplified by the gutsy Madiran.Sounds like excellent advice to me.
Sam Miranda of Symphonia suggests this excellent duck ragu recipe to make a fine dish to pair with Tannat.
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