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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  • Cave du Bois de la Salle Juliénas les Armoiries 2004


    Not overly sweet but pours very very light. Just enough hint of strawberry before a nice soft warm red fruit finish. Read More

    Wine review by colinrchorley

  • Pierre Chanau Morgon Maison Thorin 2000


    My dad picked up this wine when he was stationed in Europe in 2002 and it has been cellared since. After allowing the wine to breathe for about 30 minutes we began to taste it and the results were surprising. This was unlike any Beaujolais I have ever tried. The bouquet of this wine had a potent earthy character that was reminiscent of truffl... Read More

    Wine review by ttutony

  • Louis Latour Brouilly les Saburins 2007


    Tart cherry nose. Fairly thin, but pleasant - well balanced, good acidity, a bit of licorice on the finish. Maraschino cherries throughout, its not bad, just a bit plain - would pair well with food though. Read More

    Wine review by Philip

  • Beaujolais Jadot 2007


    I served this wine just slightly chilled compared to your average red wine. In the glass the wine is a vivid, translucent purplish red color. The nose shows pretty much only fruit scents with the trademark beaujolais traces of banana and tropical fruit, although they are much less pronounced than a Beaujolais Nouveau. There may be a little st... Read More

    Wine review by ttutony

  • Artisan Wine Company Rigamarole Red 2005


    No written review

    Wine review by Winny9

  • Saint-Amour Aoc 2005


    Very solid wine for the price. good with most things, or nothing at all. Read More

    Wine review by jaymesbawned

  • Mommessin Morgon 2008


    No written review

    Wine review by chris12381

  • Louis Latour Beaujolais Villages Lancie Rouge Vegetarian 2007


    No written review

    Wine review by BCoyle

  • Joseph Drouhin Beaujolais Nouveau 2007


    No written review

    Wine review by Danny C

  • Fleurie Aoc 2008


    Heavy on the cherry. Perhaps a tad more acidic than I'd like. Nowhere near as bright and fruity as I remember last year's being.That said, I like this much more than other Nouveau I've had so far this year. If you're going Nouveau, this would be the one I'd grab. Read More

    Wine review by SetarconeX

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