Tannat, the grape variety of choice from the Pyrenean Piedmont, is the basis for Madiran’s identity and originality. Very rare, with no more than 3500 hectares throughout the world, it today represents close to 70% of the appellation’s vine stock.
In all probability originating from the Bearn region, Tannat belongs to the Cotoide family that has been present in the South-West since Roman times.
The term tannat comes from the Occitan: tan “tannin”, i.e.: tanned. It is made up of compact, cylindrical two-handled grape bunches; spherical, blue-black medium-sized berries with thick skin. It is a late-ripening productive variety which flourishes wonderfully on Madiran lands.