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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  • Joseph Drouhin Saint Amour 2014


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    Wine review by martins2002

  • Clos Saint-Jean Tradition Cote Roannaise 2016


    I bought this bottle of wine from a shop in London's Primrose Hill ... and ... and rose wines made of the gamay grape from 14 communes west of the village of Roanne on the upper reaches of the Loire river.Clos Saint-Jean is a small family producer in this region.I started my bottle last night with my supper of roast pork.There is some blackcur... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906

  • Everything I am about to share was gleaned during my recent trip to ProWein, ... ... after Cabernet Franc and Gamay Noir. Suffice it to say, this grape is prime for a varietal reviva Read More

    From the article Top 5 Grapes to Watch

  • Domaine les Roches Bleues Cotes de Brouilly Reserve des Vieilles Vignes 2010


    I bought this bottle of wine from the website for ... and made from the gamay grape.My bottle comes from a small family concern and was made from 50 year old vines on the Cote de Brouilly and was aged in oak barrels. I started my bottle last night with my supper of pork chop.There is plenty of a bramble,blackcurant and lic... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906

  • Chiroubles Cru du Beaujolais Bernard Metrat 2000


    This bottle of wine was part of a lot I bought from the website ... Metrat,consists of 100% gamay from 50 year old vines,and spent 6-9 months in oak barrels.I started it last night with my supper of chicken kiev.There is plenty of a cranberry,raspberry and cherry style fruit with soft tannins and a suggestion of spice or pepper especially on th... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906

  • Cru du Beaujolais Julienas Jean-Michel Bataillard 1998


    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 the Romans. My bottle comes from the family concern of Chateau de Belleverne. I started it last night with my supper of turkey thigh. There is plenty of redcurrant,cherry and raspberr... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906

  • 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

    Forum post in the topic What have you bought lately?

  • 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

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