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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  • Louis Jadot Moulin-À-Vent Château des Jacques Clos du Grand Carquelin Beaujolais 2008


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    Wine review by martins2002

  • Been almost 4 months but I finally cracked.Limerick Lane1 - 2015 RRV Zinfandel4 ... ... Coast Mendocino2 - 2017 Gamay Noir, Barsotti Vineyard, El DoradoDesire Lines Wine Co.1 - 2015 Griffin’s Lair Syrah Petaluma Gap4 - Cole Ranch RieslingBack on hold no Read More

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  • Louis Jadot Moulin-a-Vent Château des Jacques 2013


    Dark ruby in color with some garnet at the edges. Medium weight, sour cherries, tart mid palate, finishes with dried cherries and some drying tannin. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher

  • Domaine J. Boulon Beaujolais Vieilles Vignes 2016


    Very concentrated spicy aspirin/ascorbic acid. It makes teeth feel sticky, like after drinking Pepsi...Got this bottle from Costco... Back label says it's 2016, but front label seems to be from 2015 version, according to Internets, and doesn't match winemaker's photo of 2016... Read More

    Wine review by ApelsecS

  • Chiroubles Lafarge Vial 2015


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    Wine review by martins2002

  • Retailers report, and empirical evidence demonstrates, that Valentine's Day ... - Yes. Different - sparkling Gamay rosé? Yes! Wallet friendly - Yes! Even the name is fun (sound out the name in French and you pronounce "effervescent"). As a bonus, the grapes were organically farmed and naturally vinified by the ancestrale method. The wine is lig... Read More

    From the article Eleventh Hour Valentine's Day Wines

  • Emark-I like that description of the Buoncristiani!BTW My Morgon was very nice. ... then the earthiness of the gamay flavors took over. More than a poor man's pinot, a wine worthy in and of itsel Read More

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  • Have you noticed that wherever you are in the world, the Christmas lunch menu ... ... Beaujolais is made from Gamay it’s still ‘Burgundy’ and is often a bargain, (Morgon 2016, Chateau de Pizay, £10, $15). Chilean Pinot Noir (Cono Sur 2016, £7, $12) will also hit the spot.   Rioja needs no introduction but for Christmas trade up to ‘Reserva’ (... Read More

    From the article Have a Grand Cru Christmas!

  • With Christmas lunch now on the radar, Snoothers who enjoy cooking are already ... produced from Pinot Noir and Gamay blended with a minimum of 15% Cabernet Franc or Malbec (known as Cot in the Loire).For my anorak followers, Cheverny covers 24 communes and approximately 532 hectares located between the Loire and Cher rivers. The appellation c... Read More

    From the article There's something new in French Sauvignon Blanc...

  • Escausses 'Cuvee des Drilles' 2015


    I bought this bottle of wine for £10 from a shop in north London ... to ... to south-west France,and 10% gamay. It was aged in oak barrels for eight months.I started my bottle last night with my supper of cold meats and salad.It is a full bodied wine.There is a blackcurrant and cherry style fruit with a suggestion of oranges and lots of spice ... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906

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