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 le Bois Malinge Gilbert Chon et Fils Gamay Rose Vin de Pays du Val de Loire 2017

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    Wine review by martins2002


  • This isn’t one of those “next great grape!” articles. People ... d'Anjou75% Grolleau, 25% GamayWhile varietal Grolleau is a hot commodity, the rosé is easier to find. There is so much sub-par rosé out there, but you really cannot go wrong with d’Anjou. This one is widely available and retails for just ten bucks.Jean-Michel Gautier Touraine Ros... Read More

    From the article Ancient wine grape finds a home with millennial drinkers.


  • After all the Christmas and New Year festivities, I have to escape for a good ... lighter style Beaujolais (Gamay grape from Burgundy in Central France), Loire Valley reds such as Saumur-Champigny and Chinon (Cabernet Franc from around the Anjou-Saumur region) and Barbara d’Asti the soft Italian from Piemonte, go well with milder Korma, Rogan ... Read More

    From the article Can you pair wine with curry?


  • Lucien Lardy Mouin a Vent les Thorins 2015

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    The Lucien Lardy Moulin-a-Vent exudes a scent of brussels sprouts and light red fruit .. not unexpected from this powerful wine type (explanation deleted here). Some celery, mixed rather interestingly with cherry on the palate. The wine shows a bit of aging, but critics miss the mark; this wine could go on for 5-7 years easily. So much for pai... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Thanksgiving Dinner NV

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    As the Thanksgiving Day grocery store madness grows closer, who has time to ... ... (that grape is called Gamay) and we think those wines have earned its place on the wine chart. Its just a bit too fruity for us nowadays and we like something with more structure, a little less fruit, more excitement and elegance! If you love Beaujolais Nouvea... Read More

    Wine review by WineSplash


  • Duboeuf Beaujolais Nouveau 2018

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    For Beaujolais Nouveau, we have a decent, well-made primeur - one with lots of tropical fruit such as banana, papaya and mango on the nose. Banana predominates on entry as well, with a hint of tannin (stem). A great quaffing wine for celebrating any vintage. Better than average, if a bit overpriced. 84. Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Vignes de l'Alma Anjou Gamay 2017

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    I bought this bottle of wine for 8 euros on a recent visit to France.Anjou is ... appellation was created for gamay wines from the same area.My bottle comes from a small family concern in Saint Florent la Vieil a village between Angers and Nantes to the south of the Loire.I started my bottle last night with my supper of chicken breast in mushr... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Domaine des Versauds Morgon 2015

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    Dark fruited with medium acidity with lots of tannin on the finish. I've never seen a gamay wine this dark. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher


  • Domaine de la Cour Profonde Morgon 2002

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    This bottle was part of a lot I bought on the website ... Beaujolais 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 a small producer in this area.I started my bottle last night with my supper of meat pie.It is a full bodied and well structured wine with plent... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Saint Amour Jean-Claude Dufour 1998

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    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 thr Romans.My bottle comes from the small domaine of Jean-Claude Dufour.I started the bottle last night with my supper of roast pork.It is a full bodied and well structured wine with ... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


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