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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  • Joseph Drouhin Beaujolais Nouveau 2008

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    2nd Beaujolais Nouveau I have had this year. Distinct tropical fruit smell on the nose and a dark purple color. Light bodied wine with a dominant banana taste and not much finish. Not as good as the Georges Duboeuf Nouveau but still very enjoyable. Read More

    Wine review by tabednar


  • Joseph Drouhin Beaujolais Nouveau 2008

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    Served slightly chilled. Light purple in color. Banana and tropical fruit on the nose. This wine doesn't have the same potency in the nose that the other Nouveaus I have tried this year had. Bright red fruits on the palate with tart acidity. Easy tannins. I rated this wine a 3.5/5 but I would place it on the low side of a 3.5 rating. I ha... Read More

    Wine review by ttutony


  • Fleurie Aoc 2008

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    Bitter and hot with a slight carmel and cotton candy nose. A faulted wine that I would not recommend. It get worse as it evolves in the glass. Read More

    Wine review by pangkarra


  • Fleurie Aoc 2008

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    No written review

    Wine review by Alleigh


  • The Thanksgiving family event always consists of a combination of family fun, ... ... $26Made in Burgundy of Gamay and Pinot Noir, Burghound suggests that "There is a bit more of everything here including aromatic refinement with equally ripe red berry fruit and earth notes that continue onto the rich, full and velvety flavors that are a bit... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Wines for family fun that...


  • The Thanksgiving family event always consists of a combination of family fun, ... ... $26 Made in Burgundy of Gamay and Pinot Noir, Burghound suggests that “There is a bit more of everything here including aromatic refinement with equally ripe red berry fruit and earth notes that continue onto the rich, full and velvety flavors that are a bit... Read More

    From the article Wine's for family fun that won't make you flip your bird.


  • Moillard Beaujolais-Villages Nouveau 2008

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    My second Nouveau this year, served slightly chilled. A maroonish purple color. When I opened the bottle I could immediately smell the wine. The nose is an explosion of banana and tropical fruit scents. In the mouth the taste is very similar to the nose with maybe an addition of raspberry too, though banana and tropical flavors still predomi... Read More

    Wine review by ttutony


  • 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


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