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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  • Michel Tete Julienas Cuvee Prestige Domaine du Clos du Fief 2010

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  • Bouchard Pere & Fils Coteaux Bourguignons les Deux Loups Red 2014

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  • Domaine de la Désoucherie Cheverny 2015

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    I bought this bottle of wine from a shop in London's Kensington ... of 80% pinot noir and 20% gamay.I started my bottle last night with my supper of bacon pasta bake. My initial impresion was of how soft and smooth it was although there was good structure.There was also plenty of a cherry and raspberry style fruit. In short this is a lovely win... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Maison l'Envoye Fleurie 2013

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    what a gem! finally I found a french burgundy under $15 that should be $100 a bottle or more. what a smooth, fruity ( but not overwhelming) clean and boisterous wine. I'm racing back to get the other bottles off the bargain rack and into my cellar. Read More

    Wine review by Pickit4flavor


  • Touraine Gamay Domaine du Prieure 2011

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    I bought this bottle of wine from a stand at the 2017 London France Show ... ... and Blois.My bottle is 100% gamay and was aged in stainless steel tanks rather than oak barrels.I started my bottle last night with my supper of chicken kiev.My first impresion was that it was full-bodied and full of fresh fruits [think blackberry and blackcurran... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Thivin Brouilly Reverdon 2015

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    floral and fruity, yet having some structure and spices as well. nice balance Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim


  • Chateau Thivin Cote de Brouilly 2015

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    floral nose; intense black fruits, rich, and super long finish Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim


  • The thing about French wine,to borrow a sporting or military term is that there ... four and a half glasses to a gamay  by Henri de Villars from the Coteaux du Lyonnais.I gave five glasses to a Marcillac from Domaine du Cr Read More

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  • Henri de Villars 'La Forgeotte' Coteaux du Lyonnais 2014

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    I bought this bottle of wine for £15 from a stand at last month's London ... ... [but 75% are red ] made of gamay or chardonnay grapes from an area of 49 communes between the City of Lyon and the foothills of the Massif Central to the west.Henri de Villars is a wine merchant/negociant based in Nuits St Georges but I have been unable to find ou... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


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