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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  • Bonny Doon Vineyard Carignane Contra Costa County Ancient Vines 2004

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    Deep ruby colour to this, with a slightly weird nose of bananas and acetone -- ... ... make you think it were a gamay. In the mouth it's a bit out of balance -- tart but somehow unconvincing acid and odd, gritty tannins. There's a sweet edge (which I find in a lot of Californian warmer-climate wines) that just about topples the wine and makes ... Read More

    Wine review by Robert Dallas Gray


  • Tenute Rubino Negroamaro Salento IGT 2006

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    Never had a negroamaro, and going by Vino Italiano it's supposed to be inky ... and an even more surprising gamay banana hint. The tannins are big but soft and creamy, with the kind of mouthfeel I've encountered before in good NZ pinot; this has some of the same oily fruit, with overripe and baked flavours in there too. The overall wooliness i... Read More

    Wine review by Robert Dallas Gray


  • Saint-Amour Aoc 2005

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    O k. SO I decide to jump in and try some of the wine available in my area. I tried subject wine and was pleased! I am by no means versed in the way to describe a wine, but I will try, so bear with me. I uncorked and let it breath in the glass for about 10-15 minutes. The aroma was very fruity with an equal amount of flowers. Tasting it I found i... Read More

    Wine review by Noddy


  • Beaujolais Nouveau Antonin Rodet 2008

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    haaaa... a Beaujolais Nouveau you can have some pleasure with!nice red berries aromas, some peach and bananaintense and smoothI rank it 3 but on a Beaujolais Nouveau only rank it would be 5! Read More

    Wine review by Olivier


  • Labouré-Roi Beaujolais Nouveau 2008

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    bitter, no intense fresh fruit flavorsreally no pleasure, even keeping mind it's a Beaujolais Nouveau Read More

    Wine review by Olivier


  • Fleurie Aoc 2008

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    already 'better' than the Laboure-Roi, but not easy to drink...the best part is the bottle! Read More

    Wine review by Olivier


  • Fleurie Aoc 2008

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    This was the first year I was able to participate in the excitement that is Beaujolais Nouveau. I haven't been able to go to the store to select some wines myself but I was able to try a glass of this wine at a friend's house. It was served slightly chilled. I was able to pull out sweet cherry and currant tastes from this Nouveau. I was surpris... Read More

    Wine review by tabednar


  • Fleurie Aoc 2008

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    After waiting until February of this year to try last year's Beaujolais Nouveau, this year I decided to go out on release day and pick up a bottle of Nouveau. I served this wine slightly chilled. Bright purplish red color. Definite banana and tropical fruit on the nose. In the mouth I taste some raspberry and cherry. A light, easygoing wine... Read More

    Wine review by ttutony


  • Renardat-Fache Cerdon du Bugey NV

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    No written review

    Wine review by themanofstrath


  • V. Sattui Winery Gamay Napa Valley Rouge 2007

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    Wine review by jmf


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