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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  • The thing about French wine,to borrow a sporting or military term is that there ... four and a half glasses to a gamay  by Henri de Villars from the Coteaux du Lyonnais.I gave five glasses to a Marcillac from Domaine du Cr Read More

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  • Henri de Villars 'La Forgeotte' Coteaux du Lyonnais 2014

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    I bought this bottle of wine for £15 from a stand at last month's London ... ... [but 75% are red ] made of gamay or chardonnay grapes from an area of 49 communes between the City of Lyon and the foothills of the Massif Central to the west.Henri de Villars is a wine merchant/negociant based in Nuits St Georges but I have been unable to find ou... Read More

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  • Macon-Serrieres Aoc Domaine de Monterrain 2013

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  • Henri de Villars 'La Forgeotte' Coteaux du Lyonnais 2014

    Snoothrank:

    I bought this bottle of wine for £15 from a stand at last month's London ... ... [but 75% are red ] made of gamay or chardonnay grapes from an area of 49 communes between the City of Lyon and the foothills of the Massif Central to the west.Henri de Villars is a wine merchant/negociant based in Nuits St Georges but I have not been able to find ... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Domaine Olivier Merlin Moulin à Vent la Rochelle Moulin a Vent 2009

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    I bought two bottles of this wine from the website ... it is made from the gamay grape. Gamay is a cross between pinot noir and a white grape called gouais introduced by the Romans from Central Europe.Moulin a Vent takes its name from a disused windmill and its character from the manganese rich granite soils. Oliver Merlin is a winemaker from t... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Macon Terroir Maconnais 2015

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    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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