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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  • 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

  • According to a YouGov poll, forty-one percent of Americans enjoy wine with ... ... ... region of France. The Gamay grape is King in Beaujolais, and Domaine Labruyère—one of the oldest wine producers in Moulin-à-Vent appellation (est. 1850)—makes delicious wines from the variety. Moulin-à-Vent is one of ten ‘crus’ (think of them as villages), ... Read More

    From the article The One and Only Wine You Need This Thanksgiving

  • Al, he was talking about your posts in the Forum, not the reviews. If this ... ... wannabe region's 'Gamay Primeur', followed by a Lanessan '12, an execrable Barolo of the same vintage which shall remain nameless, and a Bera Barbaresco '12. The last was the WOTN but that was only that night, though I'd be happy to have it as a daily anytime. I... Read More

    Forum post in the topic What have you bought lately?

  • Emark is right - it's a great source of decently-priced varieties. It's ... if you're not used to Gamay, Malbec, and Cab Franc that's lean and acidi Read More

    Forum post in the topic Ever-Changing Value Wines -...

  • Louis Jadot Beaujolais 2015


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    Wine review by ApelsecS

  • Have you been to Burgundy before? Lyon deserves a day or more (far more) for ... ... than the pinot noir and gamay and chardonnay of Burgundy. That's another trip, not to be confused with Lyon-into-Burgundy within a four-day timespan! Unless you just like to sit behind glass in a car or coach or boat and snap photos of scenery passing you by ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Going to Lyon and thinking...

  • Hi guys, I'm here again for some advice on wine travel: I will be in Lyon this November for 4 days (well, 3 and 1/2) and I was thinking about trying to hit a couple of caves. I will not be driving, which makes it tricky, but not afraid of taking trains, buses, Bla Bla Car, Uber, etc... Also not *totally* opposed to tours... I know, beggars can't... Read More

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  • Domaine de Bellevue Saint-Pourcain 2013


    I bought this bottle of wine for £10 from the website ... is a.blend of pinot noir and gamay though I do not know in what proportions.I started my bottle last night with my pork chop supper.It is a wine with plenty of a cherry,blackberry and redcurrant style fruit with soft tannins that just about held things together.It was pleasant and easy-d... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906

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