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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  • Domaine de Bellevue Saint-Pourcain 2013


    I bought this bottle of wine for £10 from the website ... is a.blend of pinot noir and gamay though I do not know in what proportions.I started my bottle last night with my pork chop supper.It is a wine with plenty of a cherry,blackberry and redcurrant style fruit with soft tannins that just about held things together.It was pleasant and easy-d... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906

  • As it happens I intend opening a bottle of red Saint Pourcain next.Saint ... ... Saint Pourcain is a blend of gamay and pinot noir just like passetoutgrains in Burgundy. Read More

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  • Here are 3 Spanish, mature Spanish wines, that I recently purchased - all under ... ... Morgon is a stunner of a gamay grape wine, especially for $15. Read More

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  • Les Capitans' Julienas 2001


    This bottle was part of a lot I bought on the website ... it is made from the gamay grape,a cross between pinot noir and a white grape called gouais introduced by the Romans.'Les Capitans' refers to an area within Julienas around a 19th century mansion where a number of growers have holdingsThe label on my bottle says 'bottled by S.A.N.B. of Co... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906

  • Essence de Fruit Brouilly 2015


    I bought this bottle of wine from a local supermarket where it was on special offer for £5. Brouilly is the largest [covering six communes] and most southerly of the cru Beaujolais appellations and is named after the extinct volcano of Mont Broilly on whose lower slopes the vines are planted. The smaller sister appellation of Cotes de Brouilly r... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906

  • Domaine Metrat et Fils Fleurie ' la Roilette' 2001


    I bought this bottle of wine from the website ... Beaujolais is made from the gamay grape,a cross between pinot noir and a white grape called gouais introduced by the Romans. Some beleive that Fleurie gets its name from a Roman soldier called Florus.My bottle is from the small family concern of Domaine Metrat who have a holding in the 'La Roile... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906

  • Sorry for the brightness in this picture.  Just picked up a couple from ... '18-'19.  Most Gamay wines that I've had drink well for 3-5 and then die a quiet, respectable death.The 2014 Chateau Cantemerle is special for another reason - the least of which is it's supposed quality - but that it has 7 brother bottles in my cellar for an unbroken ... Read More

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  • Domaine des Billards Saint-Amour 2015


    This Cru Beaujolais is a fine wine; the nose is of a young woman's perfume - ... the memoire of fresh grapes (Gamay, of course) lying in deep bunches. Delicious and there is the lasting vigour of taste only available to a Cru. 9 Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden

  • Domaine des Poncetys Macon Davaye 2015


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    Wine review by martins2002

  • Just saw this offer from Chambers Street. Have had earlier vintages of this ... 2014 Savoie Gamay All of the warmth, spice, and grip I love about the Rhone with the mellow spirit of the Beaujolais. What's not to love?  The nose offers earthy spice, white pepper, plum, high-toned raspberry and crushed violets. The palate is an exercise in balanc... Read More

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