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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  • Domaine des Poncetys Macon Davaye 2015

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  • Just saw this offer from Chambers Street. Have had earlier vintages of this ... 2014 Savoie Gamay All of the warmth, spice, and grip I love about the Rhone with the mellow spirit of the Beaujolais. What's not to love?  The nose offers earthy spice, white pepper, plum, high-toned raspberry and crushed violets. The palate is an exercise in balanc... Read More

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  • Some Burgundy winemakers pull their noses up at Beaujolais but, like it or not, ... it or not, ... red grape is Gamay. Many see Gamay as the poor relation but as investment pours into Beaujolais, this lesser known variety is producing some super wines. For the record there is a tiny amount of white Beaujolais produced (from Chardonnay under th... Read More

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  • Continuing on my cru Beaujolais run, I am discovering that 2014 and especially ... days. This Brouilly is more Gamay-like than the Chiroubles which had more subtle flavors ala Pinot noir, but still good as an entree in the true use of the word.&nbs Read More

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  • Brouilly Ropiteau Frères 2012

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  • Jean-Paul Brun Terres Dorees Fleurie Grille Midi 2014

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  • Roger, could you zoom in on that label just a bit? I can't quite make it ... visit. Grabbed a mix plus a Gamay Noir.Popping the Vivier as I have never had one of Stéphane's wines before.&nbs Read More

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  • Vin de Savoie Gamay le Cellier Savoyard 2014

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    I bought this bottle of wine for £6.50 from as local supermarket.The Savoie ... such as mine are made of the gamay grape.My bottle was made by Le Cellier Savoyard which I presume is a co-operative or negociant house although I have not been able to discover much about them.I started my bottle last night with my supper of pork chops.There is a ... Read More

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  • Michel Tete Julienas Cuvee Prestige Domaine du Clos du Fief 2010

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  • Bouchard Pere & Fils Coteaux Bourguignons les Deux Loups Red 2014

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