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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  • Georges Duboeuf Morgon Flower Label 2004


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    Wine review by Drewusc23

  • Ste. Chapelle Soft Chenin Blanc American Winemaker 2006


    This is a soft white. A good wine for a crowd. More complex than Pinot ... ... (or Bordeaux) , Malbec or Gamay win Read More

    Wine review by marty

  • I am in search of the perfect spicy red. I had a rioja 2003 reserve once, but can't remember the maker. It was amazing. Any suggestions? I want to be able to taste the spice, not get a faint hint of it.Thanks! Read More

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  • Fleurie Aoc 2008


    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


    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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    Wine review by elchiconico

  • Georges Dubuf Régnié 2007


    '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


    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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    Wine review by xmlguy

  • Fleurie Aoc 2008


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    Wine review by rboone67

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