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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  • Mommessin Morgon 2008


    There's really no such thing as bad Beaujolais, I've found. Even by Beaujolais standards, this wine is fruity like Hawaiian punch, completely uncomplicated, and festive. The sort of thing you might make party sangria out of.Cheap and fun. If you're looking for something beyond a soda-pop wine, look elsewhere. Read More

    Wine review by SetarconeX

  • Jean-Claude Debeaune Beaujolais Nouveau Special Cuvee 2008


    No written review

    Wine review by jeffpizz

  • Labouré-Roi Beaujolais Nouveau 2008


    Banana and tropical fruit with tart acidity and a light body. I couldn't resist the temptation to try at least one more Nouveau this year. Probably not the best of the bunch, but not too bad either. Read More

    Wine review by ttutony

  • Saint-Amour Aoc 2005


    First Beaujolais from this Cru. Chilled for about 15 minutes before serving. Light to medium bodied with distinct red berry tasted leading up to a cheery finish that slightly lingered. Very light and easy to drink. Good buy for a Cru Beaujolais in this price range... Read More

    Wine review by tabednar

  • Saint-Amour Aoc 2005


    Red fruit with cherry flavors predominating. Medium-light body and tannins. A lighter Cru Beaujolais but still a good one. The texture and body of this reminded me a lot of pinot noir from Burgundy. A high 3.5 rating. Read More

    Wine review by ttutony

  • Desvignes Morgon 2006


    Still closed, berry and Christmas spice. Double decanted and waited 12 hours. Read More

    Wine review by Philip

  • V. Sattui Winery Gamay Napa Valley Rouge 2007


    tasty Read More

    Wine review by lizamcd

  • Fleurie Aoc 2008


    As a white wine drinker this is a red that I could drink. Not quite fruity enough for me but the tannins were soft and it had a soft finish but with a little sour note. Read More

    Wine review by dkmrd5

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


    Soft tannins, easy drinking, not overly fruity, non complicated, purple red color Read More

    Wine review by dkmrd5

  • Domaine les Hautes Noelle 2007


    This wine is awesome, so amazing. The nose is lovely, full of violets, soft notes of roses, black cherries, raspberry, and pot pouri. So soft on the mouth, light, just so beautiful. Give it a try Read More

    Wine review by barri0s1872

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