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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  • France

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  • Juliénas

  • Loire

      The Loire River valley is a massively varied viticultural region in northwestern France. I...

  • Morgon

      Morgon is one of the crus of Beaujolais. Like the other crus, it’s located in the hilly vi...

  • Brouilly

      Brouilly is the largest of the crus of Beaujolais. Like the others, it is located on the h...

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  • Fleurie

      Fleurie is one of the crus of Beaujolais. Like the other crus, it is located in the hilly ...

  • Beaujolais-villages

      Beaujolais-Villages comes from the higher-quality vineyards in the hilly, northern part of...

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  • Château de Pommard

    Today, Château de Pommard is the largest private vineyard in Bourgogne. Its 20 hectares of wines ...

  • Champagne Demoiselle Vranken

    Built on the hamlet of Les Demoiselles, the Château des Castaignes produces the DEMOISELLE vintag...

  • Château Paul Mas

    For over 170 years, González Byass has committed itself to research and quality for its range of ...

  • Cordier

    United since the merger of two century-old trading houses, Cordier and Mestrezat.The Cordier Mest...

  • Michel Picard

    Picard Père et Fils is one of the largest wine producers and négociants in Burgundy and, with nea...

  • Château Saint Christophe

    The Château Saint-Christophe is an independent family-owned vintner from the Bordeaux area in F...

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  • Domaine de la Chappelle des Bois Fleurie Cuvee Vielles Vignes de la Cadole 2010


    Brilliant ruby color. Ample cherries, silky tannins, acidic finish but not too angular overall. Pleasant but not my favorite. Read More

    Wine review by worldsmith

  • Every year about this time the Beaujolais hype machine kicks into high gear ... the freshness and elegance Gamay is capable of. Not at the level of the preceding three vintages with a tough growing season, the lower yields allowed producers to bottle friendly, ripe wines in the face of difficult weather.  2011 is probably the best all around v... Read More

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  • Platinum Bench Estate Winery Gamay Noir 2012


    This Gamay from the Okanagan Valley of British Columbia Canada is very deep in color... a product of good local growing conditions in 2012. A beautiful raspberry nose... like a northern Beaujolais Cru.. with a hint of white icing sugar. A touch sweet on entry, with very prominent ripe raspberry. Dense, a little one-dimensional (not complex) i... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden

  • Jadot Louis Beaujolais Villages 2011


    Great wine for meals. Light tannins and acidity. Fruity. Very typical Beaujolais. Read More

    Wine review by Kaapa

  • Dom des Braves Regnie 2011


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    Wine review by GoldFork

  • Domaine Manoir du Carra Fleurie Vers du Mont 2010


    This attractive Fleurie evokes tropical fruit such as banana and mango on the nose with a touch of damp earth. The entry is smooth and creamy with more banana and a bit of ripe cherry. Short to medium fruity finish. Good quality for the Cru with the usual soft demeanor. 87 points. Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden

  • Jadot Louis Beaujolais Villages 2011


    A fruity featherweight of a red. Smooth mouthfeel with light tannic grip on finish. Bright acidity throughout - in fact, I found my glass too acidic if not allowed to breathe, as at 2 years after release this Beaujolais is nearing the end of its viable lifespan. Read More

    Wine review by worldsmith

  • Les Vins Contes Poivre et Sel Gamay. Pineau d'Aunis Touraine. Loire Valley. France 2010


    Fruity, but in a distinctively Old World way. Engaging, but not overpowering. Read More

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  • Beaujolais Villages Chateau de Vierres. Georges Duboeuf 2011


    Rather floral on the nose with an edge of caramel/black licorice candy framing the core of juniper tinged wild black and red fruits all laid over a bit or dark moist earth. legnat on entry, this has lovely ripe fruit, blackberry tinged aromatic in the mouth along with subtle african violet, licorice and earthy tones. Lively acidity brighten the... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Georges Duboeuf Brouilly 2011


    A bit beefy but also mushroomy and with some beetroot adding lovely complexity along with violets and wonderfully fresh red berry fruit. Rich and almost full bodied int he mouth this has fine acidity and some lovely ripe tannins but they are all enmeshed in this dense robe of wild blackberry and currant fruit. theres not a lot of detail here, do... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

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