Gamay

 

Name of varietal: Gamay
 
Common synonyms: Gamay Noir à Jus Blanc, Bourgignon Noir, Game, Petit Bourgignon, Petit Gamai, Petite Lyonnaise
 
Parentage of the grape: unknown
 
History of the grape: Legend has it that it was brought over by the Romans in the first century BC to the town of Beaujeu, near Beaune, in the Burgundy region of France. In the mid 1300s it was cultivated as a relief from the strains of the Black Death. It’s much easier to grow than Pinot Noir, which is the distinguished red grape of Burgundy, and can ripen up to two weeks earlier. However, in 1395, the Duke of Burgundy, Philippe le Hardi (Philip the Bold), signed an edict outlawing the grapes. He said they were “inflame and deloyal” (despicable and disloyal) and taking too much space from the noble grape Pinot Noir. In 1459, Philippe le Bon (Philip the Good), grandson of Le Hardi, signed another edict reaffirming his family’s distaste for the varietal, afraid their Read more »

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Based in North Carolina, I'm a wine instructor at The Chef's Academy and owner of The Clever Vine, a wine consulting and education service. I hold the WSET Diploma and have a strong background in French wine, with a special interest in the Loire Valley.

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  • Lingot Martin Bugey Cerdon Methode Ancestrale Sec NV

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    Wine review by martins2002


  • Georges Duboeuf Beaujolais Nouveau 2019

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    The Georges Duboeuf Beaujolais Nouveau is lighter in colour than the last vintage, but has a good banana and Christmas Candle scent (cranberry, cheap garden flowers), and entry is more acidic (in keeping with the difficult vintage, perhaps). There is a short, but smooth finish. Better than expected. 85 Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • You know, I can't help picking up one of the Beaujolais Nouveau wines at ... of the carbonic macerated Gamay reminds me of Christmas and the red fruit scented candles I used to smell in my grandmother's house and also my parents'.  Anyway, I tried the 2019 Georges Duboeuf regular offering which is more expensive than regular vintage (ostensibl... Read More

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  • Poycelan Cave Verdier-Logel Cotes du Forez 2017

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    I bought this bottle of wine for £16 from a shop in east London ... and rose wines made of the gamay grape from 17 communes around the town of Montbrison between the upper Loire and Allier rivers. It is a very small appellation with only 150 hectares under vine and Domaine Verdier-Logel is one of the leading producers. Poycelan is a cuvee made ... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • So on a whim we decided to visit British Columbia. But we flew up to ... ... Desert Hills had a Zin and a Gamay I wanted to try, and those are probably not things I'd hunt for too hard. Moon Curser had a Tannat and a Tempranillo but they weren't pouring the Tannat when I got there. However, their wines weren't bad. We kind of interrupted a spe... Read More

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  • Domaine Pierre Guindon Coteaux d'Ancenis Gamay 2016

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    Wine review by martins2002


  • Yep. Already contacted Moon Curser - they make Tempranillo. We'll check out ... Covert - they make Zin and Gamay.Looking at Nk'Mip, Burrowing Owl, Gehringer, Black Hills, Desert Hills, Hester Creek. Basically picked because of their grape varieties - Cab Franc, Rhone grapes, etc.Any thoughts?If we make it north we will go to Laughing Stock for ... Read More

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  • Franck Decrenisse Coteaux du Lyonnais les Vieilles Vignes 2015

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    I bought this bottle of wine for £12 from a shop on the Isle of Wight ... and ... and white wines made of the gamay and chardonnay grape from 49 communes between the City of Lyon and the foothills of the Massif Central to the west.Franck Decrenisse is a small producer in this area. My bottle is a red wine made from 60 year old gamay vines. I s... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Chenas Chateau de Belleverne 2017

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    I bought this bottle of wine from the website www.kwoff.co.uk for £10. Chenas ... Beaujolais is made of the gamay grape.a cross between pinot noir and an anceint white grape called 'gouais' The name comes from the oak [chene in French] forests which once covered these granite hills. My bottle comes from a small producer in this area.I started ... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Olivier Ravier Beaujolias Villages 2016

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    I bought this bottle of wine from a shop on the Isle of Wight ... Red wines are made from the gamay grape a cross between pinot noir and an ancient white grape called gouais.I started my bottle last night with my pasta bake supper.It is certainly a full bodied and well structured wine.It is just bursting with a blackcurrant,blackberry,blueberry... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


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