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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  • Macon Terroir Maconnais 2015

    Snoothrank:

    I bought this bottle of wine from a local supermarket for £10.Macon is an ... ... red from pinot noir and/or gamay.My bottle was produced by Terroir Maconnais but I have not been able to find out much about them but presume they are a co-operative or negociant house.I started the bottle last night with my supper of roast pork.The wine is not ... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Sounds great, foie gras paired well with a medium bodied red like Pinot Noir, Gamay...As far as the second course is concerned, Burgundy wine is perfect with pheasant, dauphnoise potatoes with Cabernet Sauvignon. Hope the dinner will be a success. Read More

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  • I'm looking for two wine suggestions for a dinner soon. First off, I'm looking to pair a bottle of red wine with a first course mi-cuit foie gras and second course pheasant, dauphine potato, chicory and parsnip. Hoping you guys have a good suggestion from my options. If none of the options are especially well-suited, what would you recommend? My... Read More

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  • I always detect a little banana when the wine went through carbonic ... other aspects of gamay also mean I don't drink a ton of Beaujolais--once every two years is probably my frequency. Sad thing is, when it comes to bananas in the US we only see a tiny number of cultivars in our stores.  You really have to seek out varieties.  As a result of ... Read More

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  • On White   I tasted banana. I did. when did you? Read More

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  • Debeaune Morgon Belles Grives. France Beaujolais-Villages Morgon 2014

    Snoothrank:

    PnP wine was light in weight and pretty grapey. Moderate acidity balances it followed by some very light tannins. Not impressed, will give it a day.Second day it was a totally different wine. Almost no fruit on the front with very notable acid and the tannins were much stronger. Wish I had caught it some where in the middle. Would suggest a good... Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher


  • This is not your first Thanksgiving rodeo. It's not ours, either. We've ... MansengPinot Noir. Riesling. Gamay. Cabernet Franc. Champagne and sparkling wine. Each have been staples at our annual Thanksgiving dinner with friends and family for years.  Wines made Petit Manseng, a small, thick-skinned grape most commonly associated with the Juranç... Read More

    From the article The Ultimate Thanksgiving Wine List


  • Mommessin Beaujolais Nouveau 2016

    Snoothrank:

    As far as Nouveau goes, Mommessin usually makes for heartier fare; the fruit is ... banana on the nose with that Gamay cherry poking through as well. Very grapey finish - as it should be - with easy drinking, post-harvest flair. Recommended, if you like primeur.... as I do. 86 point Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Maison Coquard Saint-Amour 2011

    Snoothrank:

    I bought this bottle of wine from the website ... it vis made from the gamay grape,a cross between pinot noir and a white grape called gouais introduced by the Romans.My bottle comes from the Maison Coquard negociant business.I started it last night with my meat pie.There is some blackcurrant and plum style fruit there and the tannins are soft ... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Georges Duboeuf Fleurie 2014

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    I bought this bottle of wine from a local supermarket where it was on special ... 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 Georges Duboeuf, which is probably the largest... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


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