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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  • Louis Jadot Chateau des Jacques Moulin-a-Vent 2012

    Snoothrank:

    Light bodied and fruity with lots of acidity. Nice. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher


  • Little known by most wine consumers, Saint Bris is an unusual wine that seems ... throughout the region, while Gamay is the key grape in Beaujolais.Tucked away in the far north of Bourgogne in close proximity to Chablis, Saint Bris is the only AOP in Bourgogne where Sauvignon Blanc may be grown. And it is fascinating to learn that the soils in... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Saint Bris - A most unusual...


  • I'm really enjoying the tasting notes, too.  I think Red has a style ... or WE, she'd be great.So gamay is the grape of Beaujolais (except for the tiny bit of white, which uses Chardonnay and/or Aligote), but there's something else that sets Beaujolais apart, and that's their unusual fermentation technique, called carbonic maceration.  It's us... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hello Snooth!


  • I was just thinking it was about time we heard from you Red ; )Beajolais and Gamay go together hand in hand. That is to say, all the red wine grown in the region of Beajolais, which is 3-4 hours by car South East of Paris, France, is made using 100% Gamay, and 99% of all wine from there is red! So basically Gamay has a monopoly in that region, a... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hello Snooth!


  • Hello guys, I didnt fall off of the earth, I'm still here :) Its been busy ... , that Beaujolais was 100% Gamay. And EMARK , I love your strait forward style, dont change a thing. Remember, I`m just telling it like I see it and I`m coming from a place of not knowing what I`m talking about really as I am a baby in this process. But even if I le... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hello Snooth!


  • I'll be in Germany next week, and once I arrive I plan to drag my jet-lagged self to Alsace, France to tour a few wineries there (a couple hours from Frankfurt). BUT- I'm not really into white wines as much as reds, though I don't mind Gewurtzraminer and Dry Riesling.But I am thinking of taking a day off toward the end of the week. I can get pre... Read More

    Forum post in the topic One Day in Europe for Wine...


  • Beaujolais (from the Gamay grape) is definitely a different experience altogether, good that you have that under your belt Red. Trust that there are better examples at similar price points...it's really an interesting region with some great values. Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hello Snooth!


  • Isn't Beaujolais Gamay? Merry Christmas and Happy New Year Red. Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hello Snooth!


  • I had a wine I have not had for many years,a Rose D'Anjou from the ... ... ripped up and replaced with gama Read More

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  • Remy Pannier Rose d'Anjou 2014

    Snoothrank:

    I bought this bottle of wine for 4 euros the last time I was in Calais.Rose ... ... although others such as gamay and cabernet franc are now allowed. Grolleau is beleived to be related to the ancient grape gouais which is also thought to be a parent of gamay and chardonnay.The name is derived from the French word 'grolle ' meaning 'crow ', a... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


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