In case you’re not familiar with Tannat, it’s a red wine grape historically grown in the South West of France within the Madiran AOC. Basque immigrants brought the grape to Uruguay during the 19th century, where it has adapted remarkably well to the soil and climate—so well, that today Tannat is among the most prominent grapes grown in Uruguay.
Just the other day a customer approached me at the wine shop I’m now working in with great enthusiasm exclaiming, “Tannat is a palindrome!”. Hmmm… now there’s a throwback to the days of highschool grammer. For those who need a refresher, a palindrome is a word or sentence that reads the same forward as it does backward… and yes, T-A-N-N-A-T is indeed one such example.
Incidently, this customer was referring to a bottle of Bodegas Carrau Tannat Reserva he spotted at the store.