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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Mary Margaret McCamic

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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Gamay on Snooth

  • First off, I am sorry about your loss Jon.  My father passed on many years ... ... figure decided to exile Gamay Noir to the nether reaches of the Beaujolais?  I say trust your palate.  Read More

    Forum post in the topic Who says Burgundy can't age?


  • Domaine des Terres Dorees Moulin-a-Vent 2011

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    This property is known for producing fruity, sensual Beaujolais and does not disappoint here: the Moulin-a-Vent has a fresh, deep crushed cherry-pomegranate nose that transitions to an elegant cherry-cream and roast poultry effect on the palate. The finish is very clean and long. A very fine wine for the price. 90 points. Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • California, the land of sunshine, free spirits, and big wines. Right? Yes, of ... Broc Cellars Gamay Umpqua Valley 12% $24  Own rooted  The problem child of the year, stuck ferment, bit of va Licorice, herb stem, and earthy aromas wrap around a bit of funk on this high toned nose which shows significant VA.  Off dry, this is rather fruity and s... Read More

    From the article The "New" California


  • HDH (and its auction clients) apparently think it can... RemoissenetFounded in 1877, Remoissenet is one of the Côte d’Or’s most esteemed historic négociant firms, as well as a holder of venerated library reserves. Located beneath the town of Beaune, Remoissenet’s famous cellars date back to the 14th century, and hold almost one million bottles o... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Who says Burgundy can't age?


  • Broc Cellars Gamay Umpqua Valley 2012

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    Own rooted The problem child of the year, stuck ferment, bit of va Licorice, herb stem, and earthy aromas wrap around a bit of funk on this high toned nose which shows significant VA. Off dry, this is rather fruity and simple with firm little tannins that contribute to a slightly dusty feel in the mouth. Short on the finish with some floral no... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • I think Pinot Gris/Grigio. T'Gallant from the Mornington Peninsula, ... ... ... &Italy of course. Gamay, Aglianico, Rhone whites, Yeringberg Marsanne/Rousanne. Complementing the umami whilst not overpowering subtle flavours or being overwhelmed by some robust flavours would be a fascinating trial and error experienc Read More

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  •   So here's the next challenge I'm throwing down to those who think they can match wine to anything. ;-)Less tropical than either the first challenge or the second one--match wines to this locale and cuisine ,,, First some scenery, both countryside and urban. Will show different seasons because time-of-year has a great effect on menus in this co... Read More

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  • Domaine Guindon Coteaux Dancenis Gamay Rose 2010

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    Wine review by MrRiesling


  • Leo Hillinger Zweigelt 2011

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    First impression was of a low quality cab franc or gamay, somewhat musty, gamey and perfumey. However, this wine changed with a bit of air and some food to go with it. Now there's some southern Rhone GSM quality, light tannin, plum and dark cherry. Decent acidity and a bit of that gaminess still present but more in the background. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • @ DMCKER:Okay. IMHO, the best red swiss wines are made from either Pinot Noir ... ... Gamaret, Reichensteiner, Gamay one cen IMHO forget. Surely, one can find an exception (and I know exceptions, but they are confirmiing the rule).Gamays (like e.g. Moulin-ä-Vent in the Beaujolais region) are tendentionally better than swiss Gamays.Amigne is a ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Swiss wine- I know nothing!


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