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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Gamay on Snooth

  • Georges Duboeuf Regnie Domaine des Buyats Case Of 2011

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    Less beefy than the house bottling this none the less shows some bloody, meaty aromas paired with chamomile and dried herb aromas over a base of wild berry fruits. A bit blocky in the mouth, this has bright acidity adding a soft orange rind cast the the wild strawberry fruits on the palate and the tannins still show a bit of firmness warranting ... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Georges Duboeuf Morgon 2011

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    Decidedly beefy on the nose with earthy and autumnal accents to the dark cherry berry fruit. Moderately rich on entry this shows off attractive structure supporting slightly chewy mineral flecked dark berry fruits. Theres a late arriving beefy note along with some dried strawberry and nuanced dried herb flavors on the backend that turn a bit flo... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Beaujolais Villages Chateau de Vierres. Georges Duboeuf 2011

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    Intense and oper fumed with herb stem, thistle, beet root aromas layered over a base of roasted raspberry fruit. Bright, crisp and rather transparent in the mouth this shows off some almost black raspberry fruit framed with softly toasty notes and a gentle earthiness. lue fruit aromas emerge on the backend along with some beet root notes all lea... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Georges Duboeuf Fleurie 2011

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    Bright thistle, rose petal and soil tones frame an attractive core of red fruit. Showing a little power and depth on the palate this has a fair amount of fruit tannin supporting bright and fresh red cherry and blue fruit flavors that are framed with hints of sweet herbs and a little mineral edge that drives the fairly long and focused finish. pe... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Georges Duboeuf Chiroubles 2011

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    Rather focused on the nose with a hint of pork fat picking up lavender and provencal spice notes layered over grapy fruit with a hint of thistle adding some astringency to the nose. Supple and fairly rich on entry, theres hint of blue fruit here and the spice of the nose falls mostly to the rar of the mouth where a little dusty earthy tones help... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Beaujolais Villages Chateau de Vierres. Georges Duboeuf 2011

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    Spicy and floral on the nose with plenty of herbal accents to the soft strawberry fruit. very broad and wide open in the mouth with raspberries and strawberries. Fruity and simple but fresh and with enough structure to remain firm in the mouth though this is a touch creamy at times. 85pts Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Georges Duboeuf Beaujolais-Villages 2011

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    Spicy and a bit earthy on the nose with aromas of black grapes and jammy strawberry fruit. Light fresh and a bit dilute in the mouth with some finely ripe tannins adding a bit of mouthgrab to the easygoing cherry/strawberry flavors that pick up some earthy and vaguely herbal nuance on the backend. and through the short, somewhat sharp finish. 83pts Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Jadot Louis Beaujolais Villages 2011

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    Great dinner/anytime wine. Bouquet: Fruity with hints of cherry. Subtle earth aromas. Palate: Medium-sweet. Slightly crisp. Somewhat smoky with hints of cherry/berries. Medium body. For the price a wonderful value. Read More

    Wine review by jhauck


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