Originally from the South West area of France, Tannat has become one of the most important grapes in South American viticulture, specifically in Uruguay, where it is now regarded as the country’s national grape. Tannat from South West France, namely the Madiran AOC, is known for being inky, robust, and rather austere, whereas expressions from South America tend to be lighter in style and lower in tannins. Tannat-based wines commonly show flavors of black fruits, licorice, and smoke.

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