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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  • Fleurie Aoc 2008

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    Not sure what all the hype is about. With so many just as cheap, and far more palatable, red wines on the market, don't waste your time on something this simplistic. Read More

    Wine review by rosewino


  • Barton & Guestier NV

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    Barton&Guestier Margaux 1997,we enjoyed it 3.1.09 with Enterecote.We were rather disappointed,tte odour was very pleasant with raspberry,but taste was thin and without pleasants flavours. Read More

    Wine review by jormaggio


  • Georges Duboeuf Beaujolais Moulin-a-Vent Cuvée Prestige 2006

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    No written review

    Wine review by elchiconico


  • Georges Dubuf Régnié 2007

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    'A light French red made from gamay grapes grown in southern Burgandy. Raspberry and plum scents lead through a light, succulent palate that finishes soft and refreshing. Served lightly chilled, it's great with cold cuts, pates and the like' (Ralph Kyte-Powell, Delicious, December 2008/January 2009). Read More

    Wine review by MGore


  • Joseph Drouhin Beaujolais Nouveau 2008

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    This is the first Beaujolais Nouveau I've tried this year and it was pretty good. I have never really been excited about this wine, but I always make a point of having 1 or 2 tastes each year. It was pretty in color, as always and the nose was wonderfully fruity. I think that is the best thing about Beaujolais Nouveau. The sensory experience is... Read More

    Wine review by honeydew


  • Fleurie Aoc 2008

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    No written review

    Wine review by xmlguy


  • Fleurie Aoc 2008

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    No written review

    Wine review by rboone67


  • Renardat-Fache Cerdon du Bugey NV

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    Many people talked about this like it was Real special .... Hmmmm I don't 'see it'. Nice, is what I can give it Read More

    Wine review by oldfoodguy


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

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    No written review

    Wine review by napalover


  • Fleurie Aoc 2008

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    Strawberry and cherry on the nose. Its thin (but what did you expect!) and a bit bitter on the finish. The mouth is very fruity with cherries, bananas - a real fruit cocktail. Read More

    Wine review by Philip


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