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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  • Chateau des Jacques/Louis Jadot Cote du Py Morgon 2010

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    Wine review by testscreen


  • Louis Tete le Pot Beaujolais Nouveau 2014

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    Wine review by martins2002


  • Kittlemon, are there really signs of Spring in NY? Thought y'all were still ... Any tasting notes about that Gamay Noir you'd like share?Had some rotisserie chicken, brown rice and grilled some romaine lettuce (with a bit of homemade Italian dressing) for dinner and popped the last of our '13 "Hers" Ryme vermentin Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • Bet the Farm 2012 Gamay Noir - opening up nicely with every quaff! Read More

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  • Beaujolais Jadot 2007

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    Wine review by TysonZ


  • Domaine du Gueret Beaujolais 2013

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    just a bit tart, yet still, a very fine gamay whether poured chilled or cool. Read More

    Wine review by Pickit4flavor


  • Burgundy is also a color.  I think I had it in my Crayola set when I was ... contradiction in terms. Gamay is grown in Beaujolais, which is technically part of Burgundy.  Whatever. Burgundy Passe-Tout-Grain is a blend of PN and Gamay.  So to be Burgundy it doesn't have to be all PN, but still--that's kind of nuts. It's totally clear these guys... Read More

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  • Made a trip to Pahrump Nevada today to play a round of golf with my friends at Mountain Falls GC. Amazing course! Rated #1 in Nevada and the #7 public course in America. Who would have thought a course that nice could be located smack dab in the middle of basically no-mans land.Because the trip is 45 minutes from Vegas, I decided to visit the wi... Read More

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  • I forgot to mention this bottle. I had it before the Chenas.It's wonderful!Above average Gamay. Perhaps a bit livelier than other Beaujolais with more intense red cherry and blackberry. Smooth and refined tannins with medium acidity. Evolved well after a couple hours of decanting. So very indicative of usual Gamay characteristics but more rich a... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • "what besides cabs and chards have you tried lately"Don't know ...oGamay (Napa) *Touriga Nacional *RoyaltyMeunier *NebbioloDolcettoMontepulcianoCharbonoTeroldegoCinsaut *SouzaoCenturianSalvadorPinotageAglianicoCarmenereCounoiseDornfelderTouriga Francesca  Read More

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