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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Gamay on Snooth

  • Domaine de Robert-Morgon 2005


    Very meaty, classic, deep Beaujolais. Good acidity and a sharp finish. Solid minerality and some wool and bramble flavors. Read More

    Wine review by Philip

  • Louis Jadot Morgon 2004


    A very simple but well rounded Beaujolais, a lot of berries off the nose and has a nice easy soft flavor when it hits the palate. A great house wine to have on a cold winters night! Read More

    Wine review by BCoyle

  • Serol Côte Roannaise Vieilles Vignes 2007


    Fresh, young, sappy & delicious! Read More

    Wine review by mdol1973

  • Let's get some education going here. Has anyone else come across a new varietal or wine name they have never heard of before today?Mavrud: Mavrud is a unique red wine common only to the region of Thrace in Bulgaria. It is found around few cities in the central part of the country where the winter temperatures are not very low. The wines made fro... Read More

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  • Château de la Chaize Brouilly 2005


    Very juicy - nose of cherry and jolly ranchers. Practically zero tannins, enough bit to keep it interesting, but very soft and smooth. The finish has some heat from the alcohol, but overall a very light wine. Read More

    Wine review by Philip

  • Hello everyone... I'm new to Snooth, and actually new to wine as well. My 21st birthday is coming up in December and I want to have a very quiet get-together at my house and sip on some really good wine with a few friends. The only problem is, I don't really know what type of wine to try. If it helps, I love chocolate, caramel, and fruits of any... Read More

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  • Duboeuf Julienas 2005


    Very tasty light red. Always consistent and delightful! Read More

    Wine review by casefamilymich

  • Pindar Gamay Beaujolais 2005


    No written review

    Wine review by bajaninny

  • Paul Mathew Gamay Noir Knights Valley 2007


    pleasantly surprised by this little inexpensive wine. fairly complex with a plenty of acid and tannin. strong scent of spices and oak. medium body with buttery texture. seems like needs to be aged for at least another 5 is a very good wine - I put this on a par with a typical $30 range pinot noir. Read More

    Wine review by jungyul

  • Diochon Moulin a Vent Beaujolais France 2006


    classic purple gamay saturated colors- nose that is all about rocks and strawberries- dense and a bit tight on the palate- very nice, better in 4-5 years Read More

    Wine review by winenut718

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