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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  • Regnie Par La Cave Des Grand Vins De Fleurie 2011

    Snoothrank:

    I bought this bottle of wine from the website ... it is made from the gamay grape.Gamay is a cross between pinot noir and a white grape called gouais introduced by the Romans from central Europe Regnie is named after the Roman governor Reginus who took a great interest in the vines of the area.My bottle is from a co-operative. I started the bot... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Moulin a Vent Domaine du Gueret 2009

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    I bought this bottle of wine from the website ... it is made from the Gamay grape. Gamay is a cross between pinot noir and a white grape called gouais introduced by the Romans from Central Europe.. Moulin a Vent takes its name from a disused windmill and its character from the manganese rich granite soils.Domaine du Gueret is a small but well ... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Been off the grid myself for a few weeks. Be it long hours, diversions, apathy ... ... Random Wine Company this Gamay Noir Pinot Noir blend  was a relative bargain. Strike that. at $100 delivered for a six pack they were ALL a bargain.This had a beautiful nose of cranberry and rose petals. The palate was interesting, it had the weight of an ex... Read More

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  • Daniel Bouland Chiroubles 2009

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    Fabulous! Read More

    Wine review by Jazzsinger


  • Daniel Bouland Chiroubles 2009

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    This wine was Fantastic!!I am searching for 2 bottles...and can't seem to find one.Heartbroken. Read More

    Wine review by Jazzsinger


  • Tonight we met with our Fidelity financial advisor to discuss our 'green ... ... Roussely Canaille Loire Gamay [2013]La Gourmandiere Touraine cot [2010]Vieilles Vignes Chinon Tradition Phillippe Pain Domaine de la Commandierie [2010] It was a lovely trip with lots to see and there was also a lot of motorcycle riding as well&nbs Read More

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  • I returned yesterday from a long weekend break in France where I shared three ... ... Roussely Canaille Loire Gamay [2013]La Gourmandiere Touraine cot [2010]Vieilles Vignes Chinon Tradition Phillippe Pain Domaine de la Commandierie [2010] It was a lovely trip with lots to see and there was also a lot of motorcycle riding as we Read More

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  • Clos Roussely Canaille Loire Gamay 2013

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    We were served this wine at dinner in the hotel on the recent French weekend.The Touraine AOC was created in 1939 [ although viticulture in the region goes back to at least the 4th century AD] for red,white,rose and sparkling wines produced in 70 communes around the town of Tours in the Loire valley. It is an 'umbrella' AOC because it includes s... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • It never hurts to throw around a few facts about French wine at the next ... Gamay grape also made the list. Gamay’s rocky relationship with Bordeaux can be attributed to Philip the Bold, the Duke of Burgundy in the late 14th century.  “Philip … banned Gamay from being planted in Burgundy,” the story said, “and ordered existing Gamay vineyards ... Read More

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  • Id recommend Gamay (Beaujolais) or for the more adventorous Trousseau eg. from Philippe Bonard from Jura.  Good stuff with a highly interesting personality. Read More

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