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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  • Barton & Guestier NV


    Tart and fruity. Dangerously easy to drink. Very yummy stuff. Should mention this was the 2005 vintage. I thought it might be too old but it was very good. Read More

    Wine review by Headmint

  • Artisan Wine Company Rigamarole Red 2005


    Ruby color aroma of figs and flavos of blackberries Read More

    Wine review by Jermzzy

  • Beringer Vineyards Gamay Napa Valley Beaujolais 2004


    Earth, acetone, dessert spice, vegetable flavors Read More

    Wine review by Jermzzy

  • Beaujolais-Villages 'Combe Aux Jacques' L. Jadot 2006


    nice start, some dried fruits, table wine Read More

    Wine review by Jermzzy

  • I am new to Snooth and looking forward to learning from everyone. Being from Mississippi makes it hard to see all the great wines out there. I am looking to see more light reds and reds all together. Please keep me in mind if this is your specialty.Have a great day!Gantt Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hello!

  • Georges Dubuf Régnié 2007


    Really light and strawberry like. Fruitier than some of the other Georges Duboeuf's I have had before without being too much like a fruit juice. Perfect for summer. Read More

    Wine review by colinrchorley

  • Georges Duboeuf Beaujolais Nouveau 2006


    This review is a little unfair for this wine. I saw this special cuvée along with the 2007 at my local grocery store for the phenomenal price of two for $9. Being a Beaujolais Nouveau from 2006 and trying it in 2009, this one is a little past its prime. Still noted hints of residual fruitiness and red berry. I think it would be quite a nice Nouv... Read More

    Wine review by tabednar

  • V. Sattui Winery Gamay Napa Valley Rouge 2005


    Attractive color; sweet and fruity; warm going down from the first taste Read More

    Wine review by jlotwine

  • Hey all,I have been looking for a sparkler, or said otherwise, a "Lambrusco-style" red wine from France. Sweet or dry with bubbles. Does anyone know an appelation where to find those wines?Thanks in advance for any help.Micha Read More

    Forum post in the topic Vin mousseux rouge?

  • Edmunds St. John Bone-Jolly Rose 2008


    Strawberries and a slight meatiness on the nose. The wine is crisp and robust enough to stand up to a gammon ham. finishes on sour raspberries. Its a nice, fruity, summer wine. Read More

    Wine review by Philip

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