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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  • Charles Shaw Valdiguié Gamay Beaujolais 2005

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    Wine review by SHOW GO


  • Beaujolais Jadot 2007

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    After reading about Beaujolais I tried this vintage on a hot summer night. I did not chill it (like I should and will next time), but I did find this wine very refreshing with some real backbone too. I will be keeping a few bottles on hand for the rest of the summer months. Read More

    Wine review by vino83


  • Hi, I'm new to the site and to the world of wines/champaigns in general. On a recent travel show I saw on TV they mentioned this champaign that caught my interest. The one on the show was a 2007 vintage and had a pick color. The closest thing I found on this site is a 2005 vintage listed as being white. My question is, does color indicate a diff... Read More

    Forum post in the topic FRV100 de Jean-Paul Brun


  • Desvignes Morgon 2006

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    Lovely Read More

    Wine review by happyrobot


  • Georges Dubuf Régnié 2007

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    Wine review by drsint


  • Georges Dubuf Régnié 2007

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    Keep in mind I am reviewing this 2007 Beaujolais Nouveau in mid 2009. Way past its prime. I picked this up as well as the 2006 from my local grocery store for the amazing price of $4.50 each. They still have plenty more. The fruit that once was in this wine has long since turned to a vinegar and water taste. I have no doubt it would have been ve... Read More

    Wine review by tabednar


  • Desvignes Morgon 2006

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    My goal for May has been to only drink Beaujolais - something I don't drink ... me some time to get used to Gamay. The juicy fruit and the floral nose are fascinating when you haven't had it in a while.This Morgon has a puzzling nose with notes of violet, tiny bits of menthol, and something I can't put a finger on... peach? peach snapple iced-... Read More

    Wine review by happyrobot


  • Beaujolais-Villages la Lutine Domaine des Terres Vivantes 2007

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    Nice Beaujolais Villages wine. Uber-juicy red (almost tart) fruit and that nice violet nose. Apparently the production of this wine is all hand harvesting and natural yeasts - it also had a good amount of sediment in it. Read More

    Wine review by happyrobot


  • Charles Shaw Gamay California Beaujolais 2006

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    Wine review by wpm


  • Explains some of the science behind why it's important, and what "closed" actually is...http://www.latimes.com/features/food/la-fo-wineair6-2009may06,0,5231460.story Read More

    Forum post in the topic Good Article About Decanting


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