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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  • Beaujolais l'Ancienne Vielles Vignes Jean-Paul Brun 2005

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    Amazing wine. Fruity; strawberries, blueberries, and then...zing! dry finish. Not the average banana flavored Beaujolais that's so abundant. The newer bottles don't have the word "Beaujolais" on them anymore cause the appellation noink'd the title due to some kind of scandal. Too good perhaps? Read More

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  • Mommessin Morgon 2008

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    Wine review by taeheec


  • Diochon Moulin a Vent Beaujolais France 2006

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    I pared this up with shrimp and asparagus. The shrimp had a mild garlic sauce while the asparagus was drizzled with EVO, sesame seeds and pepper. The wine balanced well and neither over powered one another. Plum, cranberries and cherries were most obvious on the nose and I did pick up subtle hints of oak. The wine is slightly dry with a fruity p... Read More

    Wine review by Green Pea


  • Beaujolais Jadot 2007

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    Wine review by Zinnful


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  • Fleurie Aoc 2008

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  • Château de la Chaize Brouilly 2005

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  • Louis Latour Beaujolais-Villages Chameroy 2007

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    Translucent red in the glass. On the nose this wine shows banana, tropical fruit, and red berries. The palate has intense flavors of red berries with a hint of the banana/tropical flavor in the background as well. This wine has a light-medium body with tart acidity and very easy tannins. This is not a complex wine but it is still a very enjo... Read More

    Wine review by ttutony


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