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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  • Lucien Lardy Mouin a Vent les Thorins 2015

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    The Lucien Lardy Moulin-a-Vent exudes a scent of brussels sprouts and light red fruit .. not unexpected from this powerful wine type (explanation deleted here). Some celery, mixed rather interestingly with cherry on the palate. The wine shows a bit of aging, but critics miss the mark; this wine could go on for 5-7 years easily. So much for pai... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Thanksgiving Dinner NV

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    As the Thanksgiving Day grocery store madness grows closer, who has time to ... ... (that grape is called Gamay) and we think those wines have earned its place on the wine chart. Its just a bit too fruity for us nowadays and we like something with more structure, a little less fruit, more excitement and elegance! If you love Beaujolais Nouvea... Read More

    Wine review by WineSplash


  • Duboeuf Beaujolais Nouveau 2018

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    For Beaujolais Nouveau, we have a decent, well-made primeur - one with lots of tropical fruit such as banana, papaya and mango on the nose. Banana predominates on entry as well, with a hint of tannin (stem). A great quaffing wine for celebrating any vintage. Better than average, if a bit overpriced. 84. Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Vignes de l'Alma Anjou Gamay 2017

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    I bought this bottle of wine for 8 euros on a recent visit to France.Anjou is ... appellation was created for gamay wines from the same area.My bottle comes from a small family concern in Saint Florent la Vieil a village between Angers and Nantes to the south of the Loire.I started my bottle last night with my supper of chicken breast in mushr... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Domaine des Versauds Morgon 2015

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    Dark fruited with medium acidity with lots of tannin on the finish. I've never seen a gamay wine this dark. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher


  • Domaine de la Cour Profonde Morgon 2002

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    This bottle was part of a lot I bought on the website ... Beaujolais is made from the gamay grape,a cross between pinot noir and a white grape called gouais introduced by the Romans.My bottle comes from a small producer in this area.I started my bottle last night with my supper of meat pie.It is a full bodied and well structured wine with plent... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Saint Amour Jean-Claude Dufour 1998

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    This bottle was part of a lot I bought on the website ... it is made from the gamay grape,a cross between pinot noir and a white grape called gouais introduced by thr Romans.My bottle comes from the small domaine of Jean-Claude Dufour.I started the bottle last night with my supper of roast pork.It is a full bodied and well structured wine with ... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Fleurie Cave des Grands Vins de Fleurie 2002

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    I bought a magnum bottle of this wine from the website ... Beaujolais is made from the gamay grape, a cross between pinot noir and a white grape called gouais introduced by the Romans.Some beleive that Fleurie takes its name from a Roman soldier called Florus.My bottle is from the Cave des Grands Vins de Fleurie a co-operative group responsible... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Spam seems to of disappeared so lets see if this works. I did some stocking up ... ... Haut Medoc, a Pinot Noir/Gamay blend and a repurchase of some of the better west coast pinot noir's I drank in the last two year Read More

    Forum post in the topic What have you bought lately?


  • As a long-time resident of Philadelphia, trips to “Wine Country” ... many stellar wines, has a Gamay Noir and a Reserve Gamay of which the folks in Beaujolais might just be jealous); and Hosmer Estate Winery, who are one of the few making Sauvignon Blanc in the appellation and are frankly crushing it.There are two more “stalwart” wineries that... Read More

    From the article This world-class wine region was in my backyard.


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