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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  • Clos Roussely Canaille Loire Gamay 2013


    We were served this wine at dinner in the hotel on the recent French weekend.The Touraine AOC was created in 1939 [ although viticulture in the region goes back to at least the 4th century AD] for red,white,rose and sparkling wines produced in 70 communes around the town of Tours in the Loire valley. It is an 'umbrella' AOC because it includes s... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906

  • It never hurts to throw around a few facts about French wine at the next ... Gamay grape also made the list. Gamay’s rocky relationship with Bordeaux can be attributed to Philip the Bold, the Duke of Burgundy in the late 14th century.  “Philip … banned Gamay from being planted in Burgundy,” the story said, “and ordered existing Gamay vineyards ... Read More

    From the article Party Favors: Wine Show Offers Fun Facts About French Wine History

  • Id recommend Gamay (Beaujolais) or for the more adventorous Trousseau eg. from Philippe Bonard from Jura.  Good stuff with a highly interesting personality. Read More

    Forum post in the topic which are the least tannic...

  • Well, as D said Garnacha is a good place to start. It's kind of an outlier. ... can also look at grapes like Gamay - it's what Beaujolais is made from and there's some in CA. Maybe PN depending on how much tannin they extracted in the wine making. Grapes from cooler regions, like Zweigelt and St. Laurent, although good luck finding those in the... Read More

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  • I have just read the most illuminating post I have ever read, "which red wines are most tannic", wow guys great details and some useful info.  But I'm most interested in the least tannic red wines.Reason?I have gout and tannins play havoc on gout and while I still want to try and enjoy Red Wine, esp good red wine I can longer drink medium or hig... Read More

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  • Sorry, turophile. One day you may find yourself trapped in a big, scary, ... ... stellar manifestation of the Gamay grape. Velveeta provides a textural experience that is quite similar to bubble gum, resulting in a sameness that makes the pairing POP! much like an Andy Warhol painting. The Velveeta is best lathered in breadsticks by the iconic... Read More

    From the article Unpretentious Wine Pairings: Cheese Product

  • Couvent des Thorins. Chateau du Moulin-a-Vent 2010


    Beautiful floral notes on the nose, good color, full in the mouth. This seemed a little tight upon opening, improved some over the next 30 min. or so , this would benefit with some more time in the bottle. 2 to 4 years Read More

    Wine review by ivine

  • Domaine Taupenot-Merme Bourgogne Passetoutgrains 2011


    This Passetoutgrains is fairly typical of such fluff. The nose is a rather clouded, evanescent scent of sour cherry - almost like a sour lolly - with a hint of Choke Cherry jelly. The entry is a bit sour with little fruit - but quite suitable with a ham sandwich. Slightly acerbic on the finish, but this works with cured meats. Purchased on a... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden

  • Louis Jadot Ch des Jacques Morgon Cote de Py 2011


    cool 1 Read More

    Wine review by testscreen

  • Louis Jadot Ch des Jacques Morgon Cote de Py 2011


    nice wine. Read More

    Wine review by testscreen

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